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PRP High School expansion includes new Fine Arts building/theatre

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Pleasure Ridge Park High School been a construction zone for the past two months. The concrete footings are being installed now, with framing expected to start next month.

Orchestra students in the meantime are getting into the holiday spirit. The school is hitting a high note, as it celebrates construction on a new Fine Arts Building and Theatre.

The school just announced the $3 to $4 million project, which is music to these students' ears.

Kaylynn Crow, a freshman says, "I'm looking forward to having a good place for the orchestra to perform."

Right now, the orchestra and choir share the same space. Both classes cannot occur at the same time. But the new facility will create more space for the growing music programs.

"Construction will include a large facility that will house an auditorium with a stage, a dance studio, two sets of men's and women's restrooms, three offices and a workshop to create sets for our plays in our drama program," says PRP Principal David Johnson.

Performances are currently held on the gym stages. Ballet classes are also held there. But those classes will be moved to the new Performing Arts wing with its 350 seat auditorium.

Julia Green, the orchestra teacher says, "It means the world to me because it means the world to my students. It's such a great opportunity and it's going to present so many wonderful options for us, the performance venue alone."

With a student body of 1,850, PRP says it's the most applied for high school in the district. The principal says the new addition will make the school even more attractive.

The new Performing Arts wing is expected to be finished by September of 2013.

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