Prom: Great Gatsby Style

Robyn Ehrlich, News Writer

Consider yourself one of the invited. The Eagan High School prom committee has used this slogan to advertise for this years’ dance, which will be based on the roaring 20’s. The dance’s theme is a bit more intricate than most. EHS students have planned a prom based on the critically acclaimed novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby.”

On Saturday, May 17th, the annual Grand March will begin promptly at 5:00 pm. This year, rather than holding this portion of the festivities at the mall, where the dance will be, it will be held at Fort Snelling’s Base Camp.

According to senior Jennifer Peterson, a three-time prom attendee, this Grand March will go much better than those of the past years. “It was really crowded last year,” Peterson explains. She also thought the transportation situation could be handled a bit more gracefully.

During the March, a free shuttle service will be available to all guests attending, including parents. This will transport students straight from the overflow parking lot to the Fort Snelling Base Camp from 3:45 – 6:30. More information regarding the logistics of this year’s Grand March can be found on the Eagan webpage.

The dance, will be held in the Great Room at the Mall of America from 8:00 – 10:30 pm for the second year in a row. This certainly excites newcomers to the prom-experience like sophomore Elise Borman. “I think it will be fun,” she smiles. “I’m definitely excited to go on all the rides.” Borman raises a good point; from 10:30 – 11:30 pm unlimited rides will be offered to all the Eagan prom-goers at the Nickelodeon Universe.

Some people, on the other hand, wish for prom to be somewhere a bit more glamorous. Jennifer Peterson explains,”I wish it could be at a beautiful venue and somewhere that we’ve never been before.” She describes her prom experience last year as “fun, but not the best.” She expects it to be a good time, though, and she’s heard some rumors of another two-year contract with the Mall of America regarding these dances.

Students are also wondering how this year’s theme “The Great Gatsby” will be incorporated into the dance. Some have made valiant attempts at guessing; some say the 1920’s will be reflected in the musical choices, some have said in the decorations. Senior Andrew Cairns says, “I have no idea; we’ll see what happens.”

The 2014 Prom Committee says they are “looking forward to a wonderful, fun and safe prom for everyone.”