Prom night a ‘big production’

Peter Skene Ogden 2014 graduates go Hollywood for celebration

After the PSO Class of 2014 grads walked the red carpet and before the entered the vintage Hollywood theatre

After the PSO Class of 2014 grads walked the red carpet and before the entered the vintage Hollywood theatre

Everyone associated with the Class of 2014 Prom Night had high praise for the festivities on May 31 from the parade at the beginning until the doors were locked at the end of the evening.

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School principal Vic Brett says the whole event was outstanding and quite different what might be expected at a prom.

“Holly [Johnson] and her crew did a marvellous job. It was so imaginative and everything was done up just … right down to the finest detail.

“It was really outstanding and I think everyone had a great time … and everyone got home safe and that’s the most important thing.”

Johnson says she was happy with how everything went, including the parade.

“The kids were really pleased the community came out [lining Birch Avenue] supporting them and cheering them on. It’s fun to have the fancy cars recognized.

“I hope to see the procession become a tradition. All the kids loved it and it was great to involve the community.”

The real work for Johnson and her core group of volunteers led by Jeannie Capnerhurst was turning the arena into a vintage Hollywood movie theatre theme with a red carpet area and VIP entrance for the grads who were greeted by Marilyn Monroe under the big theatre sign.

Inside the arena, there was a large screen, and the grads walked out through the red curtains as they entered to arena.

Grads Adrianna Johnson and Marie Schulze made a black-and-white slide show that played while the grads came through screen.

“It was just a huge production and kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Each grad had their own star on the walk of fame,” Johnson explains.

There an old car, a custom-made vintage mocktail/candy bar, Marilyn’s dressing room, a photo booth and popcorn girls.

Johnson says there was a lot of good entertainment to keep the grads busy, and they all said they appreciated the hard work that went into the prom night.

She adds the core organizing group got a lot help in the tear-down and cleanup that followed the party.

“I’m happy the grads had an unforgettable day and night and everyone got home safely. I enjoyed getting to know the grads and volunteer parents. I wish them all the best.”