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Woodbury High School’s prom, “A Night in the Park,” will be Saturday, April 12, at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. East Ridge High School’s prom, “A Night in Paris,” will be Saturday, April 26, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown St. Paul starting at 7:30 p.m. (Bulletin file photos)

Prom season in Woodbury begins this weekend

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It will be a tale of two cities during prom season in Woodbury.

Woodbury and East Ridge high schools will both be celebrating the beauty of cities outside of Woodbury with their respective prom themes.

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Woodbury High School’s prom, being held Saturday, April 12, will celebrate the magnificence of New York City with its theme, “A Night in the Park,” and East Ridge High School’s prom, being held April 26, will bring the beauty of Paris to life with its theme “A Night in Paris.”

“Prom is all in the details,” said Bridget Plante, adviser for East Ridge’s prom committee, “and making it all come together.”

 A New York state of mind

WHS’ prom, which is this weekend, will once again be taking place at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.

“It’s a beautiful building,” said WHS junior Ashley Dobbs, a member of the prom committee. “It’s been there for years and it’s big and open.”

When it comes to planning prom, Dobbs and Rachel Surratt, a WHS junior and prom committee member, said everything comes down to the theme.

“That’s basically what everything revolves around,” Surratt said. “Without a theme you don’t have a prom.”

There were a few theme ideas tossed around before the committee landed on “A Night in the Park.”

“We kind of liked the idea of Central Park,” Dobbs said.

The Central Park theme will primarily be incorporated into the grand march, which will be happening at the school earlier in the day.

Some of the elements that will bring the theme to life include trees, green balloons to represent the grass, lamp posts and the New York City skyline.

“I like the aspect of the city skyline and the natural colors,” Surratt said. “In all of the cheesy movies it’s always bright pastel colors, but we’re doing more of a natural theme.”

Dobbs and Surratt said they are excited to give the seniors a memorable prom.

“It’s a really big honor,” Dobbs said. “We’re making sure that it’s a memorable night.”

“I feel like it’s going to be one of the best,” Surratt said. “I hope the seniors really enjoy it.”

The city of light

East Ridge High School will be celebrating the beauty and romance of Paris during its prom, which will be April 26 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown St. Paul.

“We’re keying in on the old world romance,” said East Ridge junior and prom committee member Claire Whitman. “We wanted our theme to be really memorable, something classy and something you will forever remember as one of the best nights of your high school career.”

The prom committee will be bringing its theme, “A Night in Paris,” to life by incorporating the Eiffel Tower, roses, French cafés, arches and benches into its Grand March, which will occur earlier in the day at the school.

“We don’t want it to feel like you’re taking a walk through the gymnasium, we want it to feel like you’re taking a walk through Paris,” Whitman said.

“We’re making it feel like you’re in the heart of Paris,” said East Ridge junior Megan Kovacs, a prom committee member.

Paris’ famous Lovelock Bridge will be a focal point during the grand march and the dance since students will receive locks upon purchasing their tickets, which will then be entered into a drawing for various gift cards from around Woodbury.

“The locks symbolize eternal friendship and eternal love,” Whitman said.

East Ridge will be bringing in a new element this year with the crowning of its first-ever prom king and queen.

Kovacs said prom will be a night to remember.

“It’s the fairytale you’ve always had as a little kid,” she said. “It will feel like you’re in a fairytale and everything is perfect.”

Woodbury High School’s prom, “A Night in the Park,” will be Saturday, April 12 at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul starting at 8 p.m. The grand march will take place in the school auditorium at 3 p.m.

East Ridge High School’s prom, “A Night in Paris,” will be Saturday, April 26 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown St. Paul starting at 7:30 p.m. The grand march will take place in the school’s gym, the Perch, at 2 p.m.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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