BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - As Bryant High School students take the stage to practice their lines and lyrics, they aren't just rehearsing for another musical. They are preparing for the end of an era.
Last March, Bryant voters approved a millage increase for the school district. The money is set to help build three new schools, a new cafeteria and a new fine arts center to replace the existing Love Auditorium.
"It's been the place where they've had their pageants, the place where they've had their band concerts, and choir concerts," Bryant High School drama director Jeremy Clay said of the auditorium.
The facility will be demolished during Spring Breaking, making Bryant High School's upcoming production of "Footloose" the final performance on Love's stage.
The 1,126 seat auditorium named after the late Edward Love opened in 1984. Love served as Bryant Schools' superintendent from 1969-1990.
Over 31 years, the building has become a centerpiece at Bryant High School and for the community as a whole.
"It's a lot of little things," said senior Michael Fuhrman. "Just from random band rehearsals where we get thrown in here or when you're just having a bad day and don't have anywhere to go and you can just sneak in the backdoor and hide in here."
While it's tough to say goodbye, Fuhrman and his classmates are also excited for the school's new, larger fine arts center which has a projected opening in Fall 2019.
"I know I'll miss the memories here," Fuhrman said. "And it'll be weird not to come back after I graduate and at least watch a show in here, but I'm really excited for the future progress."
Bryant High School will perform "Footloose" Feb. 8-10 at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.
Bryant Schools will then auction off seats, fixtures and other items from the auditorium on February 19 at 10 a.m.