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April 11, 2014

SHS prom goes ‘Gatsby’

Live Oak —

The Suwannee High School Junior-Senior Prom will be held in the SHS gymnasium on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The theme is “The Great Gatsby” based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel that explores themes of decadence and excess in 1922 during America’s jazz age.

“Our theme is ‘The Great Gatsby’ and our color scheme is going to be done all in black and white,” said SHS Administrative Secretary to Student Activities Susan Brown.

Brown said she was the overseer of the event, but is only there as a guide to SHS social studies teacher Dominique Faison-Harris.

Prior to interview and unbeknownst to Brown, the Branford High School prom theme is also “The Great Gatsby”. Brown thought the kids picked it because it was an English class reading assignment and also because of the popularity of last year’s 2013 film, “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Actor and director Robert Redford starred in the 1974 film version.

Brown said they began setting up and decorating this week.

“It’s basically some sets with staircases, possibly some silhouettes and some fencing and so forth,” said Brown. 

She said it was undecided about the details on the music, as of this writing, but that they would most likely use the services of a DJ and it would all be contemporary music.

“They (the kids) want this upbeat music so they can dance to it,” said Brown, smiling. “I’m not sure the music from back then would appeal to them. Probably not.”

Brown said for refreshments, they will have a fountain with a mixture of juices and ginger ale. They will also have bottled waters available and fruit and cheese trays.

“We used to do cakes years ago, but the kids really didn’t like the sugar,” said Brown. “We’ve gone to some simple cookies made by our culinary (students) sometimes.”

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