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Were the ’80s Really That Awesome?

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Man, Pretty in Pink is awesome, but it would be a bazillion times awesomer if it was performed live and in an El Korah shrine,” then you’re in luck. Local community theater company Daisy’s Madhouse is bringing all your favorite stock ’80s movie characters—jocks, cheerleaders and nerds—to the stage for an interactive, tulle-and-satin-filled ruthless scramble for the coveted crown.

“There are scripted portions of the show, which are more conventional, where characters are on the stage and the audience watches,” said director John Gibbons.

“Other parts are kind of interactive, but in a non-threatening way, it never thrusts an audience member into the center of anything.”

The interactive part comes when the actors flit around the audience from table to table socializing and schmoozing.

“It’s not just an ’80s party, it’s an ’80s prom, so they’re all vying for becoming prom king or prom queen. It all comes to a head when the audience chooses the prom king and queen,” said Gibbons. “Audience members can become prom king or prom queen, too.”

Gibbons suggests attendees bring a posse of pals if they want a real shot at getting voted prom king or queen.

“The show itself is about 90 minutes long, so it’s a great way to kick off the evening if you’re going downtown,” Gibbons said.

Still leery about spending the evening in the El Korah Shrine Center? Don’t worry. This time around, you won’t have to fasten a flask to your fishnets.

“They do have a full-service bar there and we’ll have a remote bar,” says Gibbons. “Actually, the ambience is going to feel more like a prom because it will be in an actual hall.”

Saturday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m., $10, El Korah Shrine Center, 1118 W. Idaho St., 208-713-5021,