Gathering my equipment from the back of my car in the New Britain High School parking lot recently, I could hear the strains of good old-fashioned rock n’ roll emanating from the cafeteria. As I made my way in, an elderly woman, dressed for a dance, was heading the wrong way. “It’s too loud. I can’t stay in there,” she said and walked toward her car in a huff. Not sure what to expect, I walked through the doors. It was like stepping back in time. The band was rocking out, playing doo-wop from the 50’s and 60’s. Some men wore tuxedos, others wore jackets and ties. The women wore dresses and some wore poodle skirts, Bobby socks and white Keds. On closer inspection, the scene looked like something from a Diane Arbus photo project. These folks may have been senior citizens but they were acting like high school seniors. And they were having a ball. So I got to work documenting the scene and when I was done, I had a lot of new friends.
More than 320 senior citizens attended the 15th Annual “Senior Prom” in the New Britain High School cafeteria that Thursday night. The annual Intergenerational Senior Prom was sponsored by New Britain TRIAD, a city partnership between law enforcement, support services and seniors. The theme was “rock ‘n roll” and the seniors danced the night away to the music of The Sharades.