"You would never dream the
stern-faced skyscraper was
Broadway's little red schoolhouse.
Associated Press

History II

1860 Broadway was PCS's home from 1926 until the school moved to its present location in 1956.

Little Red Schoolhouse

In 1927 PCS rented 3 floors in a newly constructed commercial building at 1860 Broadway (61st Street). “You would never dream the stern-faced skyscraper was Broadway’s little red schoolhouse,” wrote the Associated Press. Children were now respected members of the acting profession and roles for children were becoming commonplace on Broadway. “One suspects that the chief reason for this general excellence is the existence of an organization known as the Professional Children’s School,” wrote Playbill Magazine in 1949.

Some of the Broadway productions of the period in which PCS students were featured were  Ah, Wilderness, Annie Get Your Gun, Babes in Arms, The Bad Seed, Camelot, Carousel, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Children’s Hour, Dead End, Finian’s Rainbow,    I Remember Mama, The King and I, Lady in the Dark, Life with Father, Member of the Wedding, My Sister Eileen, Oliver !, Peter Pan, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and The Women

Throughout this period, classical musicians, ballet dancers and athletes were a small, but significant, part of the student body. Notably, ice-skater Carol Heiss was a PCS junior when she won the world, national and North American figure skating championships in 1956.