Exciting, Interactive Musical Theatre Workshops Taught by world-class, working Broadway professionals


Dates/ Times: Monday, June 25 – Saturday, June 30, 2018

Location:         Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Registration: 517-884-3166

 Registration is now taking place for TAKE IT FROM THE TOP is a series of exciting, interactive workshops offered through Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. Participants – from pre-teens to young adults and beyond – receive a unique opportunity to train with a brilliant team of leading Broadway professionals. Former instructors include such talented Broadway performers as 2014 Tony Award® winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Billy Porter, and Shoshana Bean, who played Elphaba in Wicked.   TAKE IT FROM THE TOP was developed by Tony Award® nominee and Legally Blonde star, Laura Bell Bundy, and Paul Canaan, assistant dance captain of 2014’s most Tony® nominated show, Kinky Boots. Canaan says, “We started TAKE IT FROM THE TOP as a catalyst for creativity in life. We bring a team of world-class artists at the top of the performing arts field to Michigan and immerse students in a full week of training in music, drama and dance – and advance their skills, no matter how accomplished, or inexperienced, they are. This is a truly unique educational experience, and culminates in a FREE performance at the end of the week!”   Porter says, "I remember when I was a kid growing up, trying to figure out how to live as a creative person. I had lots of influences and teachers and people who helped me. Without those people, I wouldn't be where I am today. I'm so grateful when I get the opportunity to give back and share what I know with aspiring young artists."   Participants learn the craft of musical theatre - including basic to advanced skills, industry history and practical content - in an exciting, fast-moving, interactive setting. TAKE IT FROM THE TOP offers participants a chance to experience Broadway with the pros and sharpen skills in an inspirational, creative, fun and genuinely supportive environment. Participants will make friendships that will last a lifetime! All workshops are held at Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 517-884-3170. The deadline for registration is June 18, 2018. Late registrations will be accepted based on class size.   Tuition (Based on workshop chosen below): $425.00 Six-Day Junior Advanced/Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive - audition required; video auditions accepted Monday, June 25 – Saturday, June 30, 2018 Junior Advanced (Ages 10-15); focusing on Shrek the Musical Advanced (Ages 16-25); focusing on The Addams Family   $300.00 Five-Day Musical Theatre Intensive Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29, 2018 Pre-Teen (ages 10-13) Teens (ages 14-19)   $300.00 Creative Kids - specialized program for students ages 7-9 - with age-appropriate material and a shorter day! Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29, 2018   $30.00 Adult Class, ages 21+ Improv and song interpretation, theatre games, cabaret Wednesday, June 27, 2018 *ONE NIGHT ONLY!   For more information, contact Kelly Stuible-Clark at Wharton Center: 517-884-3166 or   Register online at

Take It From The Top | Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Take It From The Top is a national arts alliance dedicated to providing quality education enrichment through music, dance and theatre to students and other organizations worldwide. Our primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for creativity for aspiring artists through professional mentoring, workshops and structured programs that will inspire confidence and provide students a pathway to attain their highest potential.

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