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Take It From The Top in East Lansing

Registration and forms will be available in March.

New in 2017 -- Placement audition required for all students (except one-night-only Adult Class) – Book your audition now for April 29 or 30, 2017 by contacting Kris Koop Ouellette (video submissions will be accepted if you cannot attend the live auditions).

A unique musical theatre workshop in which students learn music, dance and theatre from Broadway professionals and perform for an audience at the end of the workshop. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in theatre, this is your chance to sharpen your performance skills and expand your knowledge about auditioning and the casting process. Learn about the performing arts from people who are actually doing it!

2016 instructors included: Co-founder, Paul Canaan, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde; Carlos Encinias, West Side Story revival, Scandalous; Gary Adler, Musical Director Avenue Q, Next to Normal; Alysha Umphress, On the Town, American Idiot; Brad Anderson, A Chorus Line, The Boy from Oz; Curtis Holbrook, If/Then, The Addams Family; Cortney Wolfson-Holbrook, Kinky Boots, The Addams Family; and Kris Koop Ouellette, The Phantom of the Opera

Participants learn the craft of musical theatre from basic to advanced skills, industry history and practical content in an exciting, fast-moving, interactive setting.

Everyone is a student of the arts and can find their own voice through music, dance, and theatre. TAKE IT FROM THE TOP offers participants a chance to experience Broadway with the pros. Learn, work and sharpen your skills in a creative and fun environment. If you ever wanted to be on a Broadway stage, now is your chance to perform and pick the brains of working professionals!

Registrations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis for all classes. Apply early to guarantee your spot.

TAKE IT FROM THE TOP was created by Paul Canaan and Tony Nominee Laura Bell Bundy. Workshops are taught by Paul Canaan and a talented team of Broadway professionals from New York City, with connections to such shows as Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Addams Family, WICKED, Next To Normal, In The Heights, South Pacific, The Color Purple, Rent, and many more high-profile productions.

Sponsored by Karyn's Dance Place, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Wharton Center for Performing Arts
  • Michigan State University
  • 750 E. Shaw LN
  • East Lansing, MI
  • PHONE: (517) 432-2000