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From chic to freak at Prom of the Dead - INTERVIEW

Photo Courtesy of Prom of the Dead's website

blog by Morgan Culhane  • 

Forget ties, corsages and princess dresses for this prom; think glamorous meets freaky for Torn Space Theater’s fourth annual costume ball.

Prom of the Dead: White Out will be held from 9 p.m. Oct. 26 to 2 a.m. Oct. 27 at Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, 562 Genesee St., Buffalo, and feature dancing, DJs, prom photos and a King and Queen costume contest.

“It’s an enormous dance party with 600 of the coolest freaked-out people in Buffalo,” said Dan Shanahan, artistic director of Torn Space Theater. “Because everyone’s in costume, inhibitions are left at the door.”

This year’s theme encourages attendees to dress in white, but to take it from “chic to freak.”

Melissa Meola, associate director of Torn Space Theater, came up with the theme. “We wanted to go glamorous with feathers, bubbles and bring back Marie Antoinette, then radically shift mid-night into a synthetic world,” she said.

The shift will occur at 11:30 p.m. in the main ballroom with a performance by Hayley Sunshine’s dance company, models who appeared at Glamour and Glow, and artist Maria Rola.

Not sure exactly what “chic to freak” means for your costume? Just ask Miley Cyrus or check out these costume ideas for the living and the dead or see more costume suggestions on the Prom of the Dead’s Facebook page.

Photo Courtesy of Prom of the Dead's Facebook

The night will feature a variety of artists including UVB-76, Rev. Johnny Drama and Handsome Dan, Dr. Know, PROJEX and Frankie NP. James Wild will emcee this year’s prom.

Tickets for the event are $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door and $50 VIP. The VIP experience is new this year and includes early admission at 8:30 p.m., free hors d’oeurves and cocktails, a special performance and access to an exclusive bar after the rest of the guests arrive.

To purchase tickets click here. Tickets are also available at Rust Belt Books, Talking Leaves, Terrapin Station, and Record Theatre.

All proceeds from the event will go to Torn Space Theater, who aims to create innovative performances and introduce contemporary drama to Western New York. Shanahan says Prom of the Dead is the show of the year to see.

“The guests create the show. What could be better?” he asked rhetorically. Not only is there a huge ballroom for dancing, but there is roaming and staged photography scattered throughout the venue.

Prom of the Dead was created as a fundraiser for Torn Space to help them continue to be able to bring the best contemporary performance to Western New York. They chose this idea because the venue is ideal for a costume ball. “And we thought the world needs one more incredible dance party,” Shanahan said.

The inspiration for this event comes from a 19th century Costume Ball, where guests can be anonymous, decadent and outrageous.

Last year’s theme was “My Coney Island Baby” and over 600 Buffalonians showed up dressed as zombies or terrifying clowns. See Cody Osborne’s gallery from last year’s Prom of the Dead.

For more information about Prom of the Dead: White Out visit their website.

TAGGED: dan shanahan, dnipro ukrainian cultural center, halloween, interviews, parties, prom of the dead, torn space theater

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