Students from Darby High School will be meeting "Beneath the Tuscan Moon" in Columbus, rather than Italy, on May 2 when they celebrate Prom 2009.

Students from Darby High School will be meeting "Beneath the Tuscan Moon" in Columbus, rather than Italy, on May 2 when they celebrate Prom 2009.

Nancy Pratt, a junior class and prom adviser, along with Brian Vogt, said the prom is set for 8 p.m. to midnight at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. Typically, she said, 750 to 800 students attend the formal affair.

Using an Italian theme this year, she said, the juniors prepare the facility for the seniors' last high school dance. Eight juniors, who make up the prom committee, come up with three separate themes and then present the ideas to the senior class. The seniors cast their votes and the theme with the largest number of votes is used. This year, the theme is "Beneath the Tuscan Moon."

The prom king and queen are not selected until 11 p.m., an hour before the prom officially comes to a close.

Members of the court this year: Brooke Blevins, Erin Mear, Kalleigh Norval, Tamaliyapo Mphande, Chris Howard, Jordan Kelso, Nick Primavera and Taidje Richeson.

About 10 staff members, including the administrative staff, will help chaperone or at least stop by to see their students in their formal wear.

Pratt served as an assistant junior class and prom adviser for two years before becoming an adviser last year. She said she thinks the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café is a great location for both the prom and after-prom activities because students don't have to travel to another location. This will be the third year at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café.

One minute after midnight, Pratt said, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will come in to host the after-prom activities until 3 a.m.

The students will have unlimited game cards, which are included in the price of the prom ticket. They may play games, watch a movie, dance to a video or participate in other activities available at the site.