Conscious Party: Throwback swing thing

WHAT: 2015 Pride Prom: Speakeasy!

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.

WHERE: 101 Fairview Road, Asheville

WHY: Anam Cara Theatre Company strives to provide the community with progressive, thought-provoking theater, incorporating music, art and the written and spoken word into their productions. Next up on its progressive agenda — a prom “for all the people who didn’t get the prom experience they wanted in high school. This event will re-create for adults an essential part of the prom experience,” explains Anam Cara development director Kim Hartley.

Prom guests can expect a variety of live entertainment, from circus performances and juggling troupes to staged theater scenes and a ’20s-themed dance party. A free photo booth will be on-site to immortalize guest in their best swing-style dress, and a silent auction will feature LaZoom tour tickets, dance classes at Studio Zahiya, chocolates from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge and one-of-a-kind glassware from Lexington Glassworks.

“This is something that is inclusive of everyone in our community. We want all to feel welcome and comfortable,” Hartley says.

Tickets are $20, and all ticket and silent auction proceeds from this 21 and older event will support the operations of Anam Cara Theatre. Beer and wine sales will support the operations of Toy Boat Community Art Space, which is providing the space for the theater’s fundraiser. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 633-1773 or visit anamcaratheatre.org. — Michael McDonald

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