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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.


Students -- North Dakota -- Grand Forks; Universities & colleges -- North Dakota -- Grand Forks

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


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