“We feel that the goals of
those developing the Lincoln
Square cultural center and
the Professional Children’s
School are the same.   We
seek to make possible a
climate in which the flowering
of the arts can be fostered.”

Mrs. Norman Smith, President
PCS Board of Trustees
The New York Times, 1956


1956: PCS Purchases Building on
West 60th Street

 

History III

A Home of One's Own

After 40 years of renting space, PCS purchased it’s own 7-story building at 132 West 60th Street in 1956. Lincoln Center was still on the drawing boards and Mrs. Norman Smith, then president of the PCS Board of Trustees, told The New York Times, “We feel that the goals of those developing the Lincoln Square cultural center and the Professional Children’s School are the same.   We seek to make possible a climate in which the flowering of the arts can be fostered.”

The completion of Lincoln Center had a profound effect on PCS and launched a nationwide interest in the performing arts. By the end of the 1960’s, the Juilliard School and the School of American Ballet were just a few blocks away at Lincoln Center. For the first time in the school’s history, students studying ballet and classical music outnumbered actors and entertainers.

Just a few of the school’s alumni making dance and music history include Alexandra Ansanelli, Merrill Ashley, Emanuel Ax, Peter Boal, Suzanne Farrell, Eliot Feld, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorin Hollander, Denise Jackson, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Ethan Steifel, Wendy Whelan and Pinchas Zuckerman.

PCS students continued to appear on Broadway in celebrated shows like Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Big River, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Evita, The Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Les Miserables,  The Lion King, Ragtime, The Secret Garden, Titanic, and The Will Rogers Follies.

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