MARSHALL - The thump of the bass, the flash of the lights and rock-star decorations are in store for Marshall High School juniors and seniors Saturday.
The theme for the 2012 Marshall Junior and Senior Prom is "Party Like a Rock Star" and prom committee members are going all out to make sure prom-goers feel like rock stars. The social hour is from 6-7 p.m., the grand march is at 7:30 p.m., the dance is from 9:30 p.m. to midnight and the after-party is from midnight to 2:30 a.m.
"There will be many surprises," said Janine Erickson, who is the decorating committee chairwoman. "The surprises are top secret, but there will be something for everyone to be entertained by."
Community members can see some of those surprises during the grand march for a cost of $3.
Erickson said junior parents are doing the planning and decorating this year so the prom-goers get that "element of surprise. It's going to be bigger and better."
Vice Principal Jeremy Williams, who is acting as liaison between the school and the parents, said he can sense the anticipation among the upperclassmen for the prom.
"There is a buzz in the air," he said. "Usually I hear some complaints about the theme, but not this year."
Erickson said the juniors pick the theme among a choice of four possibilities. With the rock 'n' roll concert theme, the parents had lots of options for decorating. They will use 8 feet tall guitar cutouts to decorate the walls and two 11 feet tall guitar cutouts to form an arch for the grand marchers. Tickets for the prom are in the style of a rock concert ticket.
"It was designed by Cindy Verschaetse and Western Printing did the printing," Erickson said. "Everything we've done is like a rock concert."
There will be reserved seating to watch the grand march.
"Every seat is a good seat, but the students will have four reserved tickets so people won't have to wait in line," Erickson said. "Also new this year is special needs seating so anyone with special needs won't have to wait in line either."
Erickson said the committee members have put in a lot of effort to create a successful prom for their kids.
"The parents have done a lot of hard work," she said. "They've been very generous with their time and talents."
Erickson also appreciates Alyssa Coudron, who used to teach in the district, but is now volunteering to help out with prom decorating. In addition, Marshall area businesses have donated items such as paint and plastic to cover the gym floor as well as prizes for the after-party.
Planning has been going on since February including the gathering of props.
"I have a two-car garage and I haven't been able to park a car in there since February because it's being used for storage," she said with a smile.