But when their classmates find out, the backlash exceeds Emma's worst nightmares.
Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Barry and Dee Dee are fading Broadway stars of yesteryear. Their new show has bombed, and they're desperate for the applause (and attention) they once had.
Then they hear about Emma's plight, and decide to step in and create a prom for everyone.
Suddenly, Edgewater is the centre of a national news story. As the drama queens of New York take over the sleepy town, chaos ensues and the glare of the spotlight is brighter than anyone could have guessed.
But all Emma and Alyssa want is to dance together. Is that too much to ask?