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Take It From The Top

Unforgettable experiences

Imagine your child sharing the stage with Broadway stars and future Tony Award winners.

Our Take It From The Top musical theater workshops are taught by a vibrant, talented team of experienced Broadway professionals who take time out of their shows and schedules to come to East Lansing and engage with local students.

Carefully selected to provide a safe and invigorating atmosphere for the study of voice, acting and dance, our teaching artists are leaders in the performance field and will advance your skills, regardless of your current level of experience.

Five-Day Musical Theatre Workshops

New to performing or want to strengthen your technique?

  • Explore the “triple threat” disciplines of music, dance, and acting in a safe, fun environment
  • Receive feedback from a top New York casting director
  • Showcase your talents in a recital performance at the end of the week



Workshop Information

Pre-Teen: ages 10-13
Teen: ages 14-19
​Creative Kids: A special program for younger students (age 7-9), with age-appropriate material and a shorter day.

Dates: June 25-29, 2018

Monday – Thursday

    10am – 5pm
    BYO lunch
    10am – 3pm
    BYO lunch


  • Noon – 5:30pm Rehearsal
    7pm Performance

Tuition: $300

Capacity: 25 students each workshop

Application/Payment Deadline: June 18, 2018

Advanced and Junior Advanced Workshops

Are you already an experienced performer looking to aim higher? 

Advanced workshop (ages 16-25) will focus on The Addams Family, while Junior Advanced (ages 10-15) will work on Shrek the Musical.

To audition for the Advanced and Junior Advanced workshop, please submit a video audition to Kelly Stuible-Clark at [email protected].

Audition Dates and Requirements

To audition for the Advanced and Junior Advanced workshop, please submit a video audition to Kelly Stuible-Clark at [email protected].

Once accepted you will receive instructions on how to apply/make a payment for the Advanced or Junior Advanced Workshop. 

Audition Dates

Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10am-2pm at Wharton Center.

  • If you cannot attend, submit your audition electronically to [email protected] no later than Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Registration for live auditions closes on Monday, April 16, at 5pm.
  • Acceptance into Advanced or Junior Advanced Workshops will be announced Friday, May 11, 2018

Audition Requirements

  • Please prepare a brief musical theatre song (no more than 1 minute long) that shows off your voice and range.
  • There will NOT be an accompanist. You may sing a Capella OR you may bring an accompaniment or karaoke track. We will provide a speaker with headphone jack for your device.
  • Please also bring a picture and resume if you have one.
  • Applicants may enroll in the Pre-Teen/Teen Workshop if not selected to participate in the Junior Advanced or Advanced Workshops

Workshop Information

Advanced: ages 16-25, 
Focus on The Addams Family
Junior Advanced: ages 10-15
Focus on Shrek the Musical

Dates: June 25-30, 2018

  • Monday – Friday
    10am – 5pm
    BYO lunch
  • Saturday
    10am–1pm Rehearsal
    1pm Performance

Tuition: $425

Capacity: 20 students each workshop

Payment Deadline: June 18, 2018

One-day Adult Workshop

Looking for an evening of fun exploration of your inner star?

An evening of theatre instruction and casual cabaret—have a blast while enhancing your presentation skills and confidence. Prepare a 32-bar cut of a musical theatre piece, or any song you love—bring sheet music. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move in.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tuition: $30
Capacity: 25 students
Application/payment due: June 18, 2018

Past Take It From The Top Instuctors

  • Laura Bell Bundy (Co-founder), Tony Award® nominee, Legally Blonde, Wicked
  • Paul Canaan (Executive Director), Kinky Boots, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Billy Porter Tony Award® winner – Best Actor in a Musical, Kinky Boots
  • Carlos Encinias, Les Misérables, Mamma Mia, Scandalous
  • Shoshana Bean, Wicked, Hairspray
  • Curtis Holbrook, SpongeBob Squarepants the Musical
  • Connor Gallagher, (Casting Director / Choreographer) Elf, Tangled
  • Rachel Hoffman, (Casting Director) Telsey + Company

Summer 2018 Timeline

  • March 1
    • Application form and payment for Five-day Musical Theatre Workshops and One-day Adult Workshop available
    • Audition registration for Advanced/Jr Advanced available online
    • Video Auditions (Advanced/Junior Advanced) can be submitted if student cannot come in person
  • April 28-29
    Advanced/Junior Advanced auditions at Wharton Center
  • May 4
    Audition videos are due
  • May 11
    Advanced/Junior Advanced casts announced
  • May 18
    Scholarship Applications are due
  • June 18
    Applications and payment for all workshops, including Creative Kids and One-day Adult Workshop, are due
  • June 25-30
    Take It From The Top Workshops

Questions? Please contact Kelly Stuible-Clark at [email protected] or (517) 884-3166.

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

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.

Our generous sponsors ensure the cost of Take It From The Top is as low as possible.

Take It From The Top is made possible in part by Karyn’s Dance Place, Inc. with additional support provided by John and Ethel Anthony; Linda Arens; and Bonnie Knutson.

Photos by Harley Seeley