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Wharton Center Presents Take It From The Top

Take it From the Top
Take it From the Top
Posted at 11:58 AM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 11:58:49-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Registration is now taking place for TAKE IT FROM THE TOP. This series of thrilling, hands-on workshops is 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 (Kinky Boots), Billy Porter, and Shoshana Bean, who is set to begin her run in Waitress on Broadway.

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 it 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-paced, 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 517-884-3166. The deadline for registration is June 21. Late registrations may be accepted based on class size.

Tuition (Based on workshop chosen below):


Six-Day Junior Advanced/Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive – Audition required; video auditions accepted

Monday, July 22 – Saturday, July 27, 2019

Junior Advanced (Grades 5-7); focusing on Disney’s FROZEN

Advanced (Grades 8-college); focusing on Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY


Tech Track

Monday, July 22 – Saturday, July 27, 2019

New program focusing on technical theatre and design

Grades 8-12


Five-Day Musical Theatre Intensive

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2019

Pre-Teen (Grades 5-7)

Teens (Grades 8-12)


Creative Kids - specialized program for students entering grades 2-4 with age-appropriate material and a shorter day!

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 2019


Adult Class, ages 21+

Informal improv and song interpretation, theatre games, cabaret

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7-10 pm *ONE NIGHT ONLY!

For more information, contact Kelly Stuible-Clark at Wharton Center: 517-884-3166 or

Register online at