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The evening of Aug. 3 found a near-capacity audience gathered in Keshena for a revival of the Traditional Menominee Theater Pageant in the Woodland Bowl.


​The Bowl, a forest-setting outdoor theater, was constructed in 1937 to host popular community theatrical productions known as the Menominee Pageants. This month's program revived the pageant tradition which had ended during the 1960s.


​The College community was honored to work with Menominee families and individuals having direct links to the original pageant days. By generously sharing scripts, recordings, memorabilia and personal recollections​, the community enabled faculty member Ryan Winn of CMN's theater program to stage the pageant revival. Pantomime, live music and dance were blended with recorded oration and sound effects to recall an original pageant production scripted by Menominee playwright James G. Frechette and first staged in 1954. Tribal members Melinda Cook and Lloyd Frieson, both students at the College of Menominee Nation, were interns on the 2016 pageant project with support from CMN's Scott Zager Venture Fund​ and a Wisconsin Arts Board grant​. Cast and crew included CMN students and alumni, and other community individuals.