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Prom Date

Evan Jacobs wants nothing more than to ask his dream-girl, Deanna to Prom, but will he be brave enough to go through with his plan?

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This is a story about high school, unrequited love, friendship, dreams, and above all, getting what you want, no matter what.

Prom Date is my senior thesis film that I made for my Bachelor of Arts Practicum degree in my last year at Emerson College. I have always loved watching musicals and since I was young, it has been my dream to direct my own. I truly enjoy making quirky, fun films that leave the audience with a sense of delight. I wrote the first draft of Prom Date for a sophomore year writing class. It was based on a news article about a boy asking a girl to prom by spray-painting his question in the sand on a beach. Needless to say, he was arrested, but it made me start to think about what lengths high schoolers go to for prom. At the time, it is one of the most meaningful events in one’s life, and looking back, you wonder why you put in such effort for one silly dance. However, if you pull it off just right, it is one of the most magical nights that you could ever have. With the help of my good friend and fellow Emersonian, Brock Ginther, we re-wrote the script and turned it into a musical. I felt that this script was be-fitting for a musical because of the fun and whimsical story. The best way to portray the feelings of these characters was through song and dance. I am very fortunate to have met and worked with such a talented cast and crew (including a key crew of mostly women). Without them, this film truly would not have been possible.




Copyright © 2010 Jessica Schoen

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28 Apr – 1 May | Seattle, United States

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