Next Saturday night (March 22), more than 400 teens will converge on uptown for the 11th annual "Mormon Prom."This free event at Levine Museum of the New South (6:30-9:30 p.m.) is expected to draw Mormons (and some non-Mormons) from Charlotte to Greensboro.
Participants, ages 16-18, have to agree to dress conservatively. For young men, that means coats and ties – tuxedos optional; for young women, it means modest dress – no short skirts, bare shoulders or plunging necklines
The DJ will play songs from a pre-approved list of good-message tunes that contain no inappropriate language or references to sex. Examples: "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, "Firework" by Katy Perry, and "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex.
And though there will be couples at this prom, most of the teens will come in groups.
The event – called "Color the Night" – is designed to offer "a prom-like experience," but without the usual dating, fashion and financial pressures, said Heather Jenkins, spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Charlotte area.
"It’s a great environment," she said, "and they’ll get to meet other young people from all over."
Interested in going? Space is limited, so RSVP no later than Sunday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Tim Funk