Client Project: Frank Sinatra High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a $78 million home of an 800 seat concert grade "Tony Bennett Concert Hall" facility in New York City Opened in 2009. The theatre and multiple ancillary classrooms and rehearsal spaces were installed by Theatrical Services & Supplies, Inc. TSSI provided the Dimming, Lighting, Sound, Av, Drapery, Tracks, Rigging and Acoustical Panels. They worked in concert with a host of suppliers and manufacturers such as ETC, J. R. Clancy, Greenville Stage Drapery, Automatic Devices Corp, Crown, JBL, Wagner, Sennheiser and Yamaha, each leaders in their respective industries.
The Sinatra school, a project launched in 2001 by the singer Tony Bennett, opened its new building in Astoria, Queens, for the 2009-10 school year. The school has shared space with other educational institutions since its inception, but its 640 carefully selected students in dance, drama, fine art, instrumental music, voice, film ,and media arts now require more rehearsal and performance space than their current home can provide.
In addition to the theatre, the performing arts spaces in the new school include rehearsal and practice rooms, two 2,000-sq. ft. dance studios, and a multimedia center.
TSSI chose J. R. Clancy Co. of Syracuse, NY to provide the stage rigging, to make certain that the main theatre rigging system remains easy to use and safe for the students who will learn to use it for years to come.
The guiding philosophy behind the creation of this building is to provide a home for the school that will better serve its students' and teachers' needs, showcase the arts, and embrace the surrounding community, notes the website for Exploring the Arts, Bennett's project to support arts education in public schools. Beyond students' use, the new Sinatra school building will "provide a new space for the many prominent artists and performers that come through New York City," the site continues.
This was a $1.7 Million project for TSSI that worked for over a year in its portion of the construction. It was truly a privilege to work for the School Construction Authority along side a tremendous staff of craftsman such as Five Star Electric, and the team of skilled architects and designers who all helped pull this project together.