It was a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, volcanoes spewed fiery lava and pterodactyls roamed the skies searching for prey.
But upon closer inspection, the dinosaurs are made of painted cardboard, and the volcano is fashioned out of yards of draped tulle, making the perfect background for Valley City High Schoolâs elaborate 2012 prom theme: âFrom the Beginning of Time to the End of Time.â
âWe just thought a prehistoric theme would be fun, and âthe end of timeâ has a little bit to do with 2012,â said VCHS art teacher and prom advisor Carol Foth.
Junior class members thought up the concept, which Foth said started out as a joke.
âSomebody said âWouldnât it be funny to do a prehistoric theme?â and âOh, then we could walk out of T-Rexâs mouth!â and I said, âWait a minute, back the truck up, this sounds like a great idea.ââ
The theme is a sort of walk through history that the junior class has been planning since January and painting set pieces for since late March. Prom-goers will parade out of the mouth of a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex, around a backdrop of palm trees and caveman drawings, through a cave, past a wooly mammoth and into the Ice Age.
âWeâre always pretty elaborate, it gets a little carried away,â Foth said. âI donât think weâve ever done anything the size of that T-Rex, which is ten feet up to the highest point.â
Junior Tonya Van Dyke said, âafter we saw (Mrs. Fothâs) drawings, there was definitely no doubt that itâs what we wanted to do.â
Van Dyke added that her favorite part of decorating was âglitteringâ the set pieces.
âWeâve always tried to do something a little bit different, coming up with bizarre themes,â Foth said. âWe donât have the usual proms.â
Past years have included themes ranging from the movie âCasablancaâ to a haunted house with giant bats. According to Foth, even the company who DJs the prom is excited to see what Valley City will come up with next. âEvery year they say they have never been anywhere where the ideas are so original or so extravagant,â she said.