Elvis and the slots may be the only thing missing during the "Viva Las Vegas" prom held for Darby High School students on May 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Buckeye Cafe.

Elvis and the slots may be the only thing missing during the "Viva Las Vegas" prom held for Darby High School students on May 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Buckeye Cafe.

Nancy Pratt, junior class and prom advisor, said the prom committee which is made up of juniors came up with the theme suggestions and the seniors took a vote back in February.

The city of lights was the winner.

Lots of lights and glitter will be featured during the prom.

"We are decorating in black and red balloons," said Pratt. "Dice towers will be used for the pictures. It won't be a gambling atmosphere at all; it is the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas."

Balloons shaped as the diamond, club, spade and heart suits will float around the room.

Adult volunteers will go to the ballroom about six hours before the prom is scheduled to start decorating.

Learning from experience, Pratt said, the volunteers try to have the decorations put together before they arrive at Buckeye Café. Then all they have to do is put the decorations in the appropriate location so they are ready when the students arrive.

Although the juniors host the prom for the seniors, she said, adult volunteers are needed to decorate since the juniors have to be home getting ready for the event too since it is a shared junior and senior activity.

Sophomores, she said, operate the coat-check room and it gives them an opportunity to get a glimpse of what preparing for prom entails.

"They apply for junior officers for next year, so this gives them a taste of it," Pratt said.

It will be Pratt's first year as prom advisor, although she assisted for the past three years. She said she is hoping the Las Vegas theme will be a winner.

"When you have it all to do, it can get challenging," she said. "But it's been fun, lots of fun."

She will be assisted at the prom and after-prom by parent volunteers and representatives of the parent-teacher organization (PTO).

The prom court consists of seniors Sarah Beale, Staci Benton, Chizi Igwe, Katie Lebsock, Austin Brown, Cameron Camfield, Logan Frederick and Joseph H. Jackson II.

As is typical of most proms, Pratt said, the king and queen will not be identified until the night of the event.

Some of the girls have shown Pratt their dresses. She said there are surprisingly few sequins and flash given the theme, but she has witnessed a lot of red.

"The dresses have to be appropriate," she said, referring to midlines.

Most of the guys still wear tuxedos.

"They have been talking about where they are getting their tuxes and what they are wearing," said Pratt. "Even the guys will talk about what they are going to wear, the girls do, but you wouldn't think the guys do."

Most of the students eat dinner before arriving for prom, but, Pratt said, snacks, fruits, vegetables, pretzels, chips and dip and fruit punch will be available at the dance.

During the After Prom the students dine on pizza, vegetables and fruit.

"We have a breathalyzer at prom if we suspect someone," she said. "We purchased it last year after that incident at Upper Arlington."

Several students in Upper Arlington were drinking before the prom and attempted to take alcoholic beverages into the dance.

Once the dance ends at midnight, Pratt said, the students will have the place to themselves.

They bring a change of clothes and move to the Game Room at Buckeye Café.

Ski ball and arcade games help keep the students entertained until 3 a.m.

"One of the things they are given is unlimited game cards," she said, explaining that it is part of the price of the prom ticket. "They play all the games in the Game Room. We will have movies available and they will continue to dance since we have videos to dance to."

Last year, Pratt said, 816 tickets were sold and about 800 students showed up for prom and After Prom. She said she is anticipating the same size of crowd this year.

"This is our second year," she said of holding the annual event at the Buckeye Café. "It was quite successful so we have gone back again."