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Student Performers of the 1920 May Fete. The Queen of the Harem played by Harriet Mills stands on a large stage in queen-like attire. A large chair covered in pillows and linens is at the center of the stage. Seven other dancers are seated in the front of the stage. A goblet is placed in front of each performers filled with a substance creating a misting effect. The May Fete was a modest production from 1909-1916 until Nell Martindale took over as head and expanded the small show into a spectacular dance-drama. From 1917 to 1927, May Fete saw elaborate sets and as many as 500 performers. The last May Fete was in 1927 when Martindale resigned to be married.


May Fete; Students; Oriental Costumes; Elevated Stage; Goblets; Dance - Middle East; College students; Goblets; Theaters - Stage-setting and scenery; Trees; Harems; Queens - Drama

Places Depicted

North Dakota--Grand Forks; North Dakota

Organizations Depicted

University of North Dakota; May Fete (University of North Dakota)

People Depicted

Mills, Harriet


Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota