The prom. It’s not just for high schoolers anymore. Josh and Stephanie Smith with OPUS ENTERTAINMENT seized upon a trend for adults to recreate a prom experience, and are hosting a fund-raiser adult prom, complete with a 80s and 90s theme on Friday, March 22 at one of Luther’s beautiful event venues, The Broken Horn Ranch.
The adult prom idea provides a chance to relive one of those nights of high school or to get a do-over. It’s about to be prom season, the annual rite of passage when high schoolers are thinking up “promposals” and shopping for dresses, corsages and spray tans. Dressing up at the adult prom is encouraged. There will be food, epic DJ services. Shorty B and DJ Ronnie Ramirez will spin the mixes, slow ones and fast ones that’ll encourage everyone to leave their every day work stress behind on the dance floor for a couple of hours. What a great escape.
At the adult prom, there won’t be any curfews and parents waiting up to make sure you get home, or checking for any hint of the smell of alcohol. With a minimum age of 25 at this prom, Top Shelf Bartending will provide a cash bar, with designated drivers encouraged. If you went to the prom in the 50s, 60, 70, 80s, 90s or 2000s, come check out the 2019 version of Shorty’s Adult Prom on March 22, from 7 – 10:30 pm.
BONUS: UPDATE. An adult prom might need childcare options, and Luther’s Apple Creek has stepped up to help. Apple Creek Gang will host a Parent’s Night Out on March 22 from 6-11pm. Cost is $35 for the 1st child and $10 for each additional child. You can contact them directly at 405-2774355.
If you’ve taken your child to a dance at Luther schools, attended the elementary carnival, the Town’s Trunk-or-Treat movie, the Pecan Festival and any other number of fundraisers and events, you’ve seen OPUS Entertainment and the Smiths in action. They are professional, fun and extremely generous. You can bet that at the adult prom, they will bring the party, the best music and the dance vibe. Many times they donate or highly discount their services to ensure professionalism and fun at these events with sound, music and lights. They also provide music at weddings, and events for non-profits and corporations.
To expand their business model, the Smith’s are adding a new venture to their repertoire. They’ve acquired a building on Luther’s Main Street and are planning to open Shorty’s Prideland Activity Center as soon as they can as a refuge for young people. Think of it as a twist on a modern day pool hall, or rec center for students to study, take classes, play games or unload some stress in the Nerf dart room. They are also working on an outside venue for games as well. This adult prom will help them raise money to get the building ready to open.
They are hoping to open Shorty’s Prideland as soon as possible.
“This will be a fun bully-free environment for kids to go and have fun as well as enjoy family game nights and other activities to get them involved and stay active. Some kids just need that place to go to escape reality. You never know what someone has through,” said Smith who is renovating the space at 114 S Main after work at his regular job and between Opus events.
Proceeds from the adult prom will help finish out the renovation with walls and heating and air conditioning. The building was rundown and abandoned on Main Street for many years, and the Smiths are bringing it back to life. Long-time Luther residents remember Main Street when it was alive with places for the kids to hangout and families to shop and eat. There was a movie theatre, a pool hall, stores and restaurants and a bustling shopping district. Shorty is joining a new generation of businesses all around Luther offering shopping, eating and activities for the hometown to support. It’s community building at its grassroots.
Their creative fundraiser at one of Luther’s beautiful event venues, Broken Horn Ranch, 19680 N Luther Road, will allow couples to cut a rug, do the Electric Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, some Moonwalking or maybe even the Hustle or Cotton Eye Joe. After all that OPUS has done for the community, this event will allow us to give back, and have a whole lot of fun. Win. Win.
Let’s be honest, some of us will kick off those high heels as soon as possible, wish we would have skipped the Spanx, and will likely be glad that it’s over at 10:30 so we can get to bed or turn into a pumpkin. Age happens! But this is a night to show “we still got it.”
Tickets are $100 a couple (or $60 if you are going stag). The ticket gets you a fun night out right in Luther with food, fun and awesome entertainment. And it’s for a great cause.