There is no way this is going to be anything like the real thing. Most people now, after two months of living in a new world due to the coronavirus pandemic, have come to that recognition. Many of the events of life once taken for granted are cast in a new light: weddings, proms, graduations, athletic competitions … the list goes on. Many feel bad for young people because these are the significant events of life.
Having acknowledged the simple fact that it’s just not going to be the same, organizers of these events are moving forward. The new normal, as it’s come to be called, now includes a new way of celebrating the significant moments. It’s that spirit of determination, to not let these events and occasions become pandemic victims as well, that is also to be celebrated.
So it’s with enthusiasm that we note that prom is still on in towns like Wallingford. Lyman Hall High School’s is Friday. Sheehan High’s is set for the week following the Memorial Day weekend.
Of course, these aren’t proms the way they used to be. These are virtual celebrations. How is such a thing going to work out?
“We asked them, ‘what would the prom look like without kids?’” said Sharon Drossopoulos, a culinary arts teacher at Lyman Hall and adviser for the senior class. “In your head, what do you see happening?” From those questions started to come ideas. Now it’s going to take place.
As the Record-Journal reported recently, the virtual celebration includes a live stream from the studio at Club Lucent. A three-hour window will include laser lights, fog shows, slideshows, “shoutouts to teachers and friends,” prom photos and song requests.
There will also be a prom king and queen, voted on by students. Prom portraits will be taken, for free, at student homes by two local photographers who have volunteered their efforts. Other details include food delivered to homes and a pizza giveaway.
It may not be the real thing, but “it’s going to be awesome,” said Drossopoulos.
Awesome indeed. It’s called not giving up. And it’s likely to be as memorable a prom as any.