This Friday, Feb. 5 from 8-11 p.m., SHC is hosting “The Premiere Gala: Red Carpet Masquerade“in the Student Center Ballroom.
Guests at the dance will be treated to sparkling non-alcoholic beverages, punch, a chocolate fountain, fresh popcorn, and Hors d’oeuvres, as a means to portray a high-class party in Hollywood. Attendees will also be able to take pictures via a Hollywood-themed photo booth, participate in movie trivia, and enter in a raffle to win movie baskets. There will, as with any formal, also be music for dancing.
The SHC officers believe one of the qualities of this formal that will make the night truly memorable and more successful than the SHC formals of the past is its extravagant aura.
“I think the theme is very fun and will lead to a greater turn-out than last year,” said Nick Marchio, a sophomore and SHC’s Director of Print Promotions.
SHC’s president, Valerie Weingart said, “This year there’s definitely more of an emphasis on ‘formal’ [compared to the formals of the past.] We’re going for more of a fancier…just a classier vibe, just by virtue of the theme we’ve chosen….It’s a little bit more ‘over the top,’ a little bit more than just your [an average] college or social formal.”
Two individuals that are planning to attend the dance, sisters Eve and Autumn Miller, are looking forward to the theme and stepping onto “Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.”
Eve, a freshman studying architecture, said that she’s excited for a new experience.
“I love that the dance is a masquerade because I like the theme, but I’ve never been able to go to one [a masquerade],” Eve said.
Autumn, a sophomore majoring in biology with a zoology concentration, was attracted to the theme for a different reason. “I really like that the theme is Hollywood because I really appreciate the art form and enjoy older movies,” Autumn said.
SHC members say that they expect 100-200 guests at the dance. Honors students are encouraged to bring their friends regardless of whether or not they are Honors College or even Ball State students. Masks are also not required. Tickets are $7 per person if they are purchased before the dance from the front desks of DeHority Complex, Honors House, or Park Hall. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Guests will receive extra raffle submissions if they bring non-perishable food items to the dance to donate to food banks.
Weingart encouraged those that are debating whether or not to attend to take a chance while also touting about the dance’s chocolate fountain.
“If all else fails, eat some chocolate.”