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Take It From The Top 

Attention, Broadway dreamers! We are back in person for live workshops and classes, with more options than ever.  

Join our unique musical theatre workshop taught by a talented team of experienced Broadway professionals. Chosen 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, no matter your experience. Whether a novice or a seasoned performer, Take It From The Top will challenge and encourage all.

Summer 2022

We will be expanding to two weeks this summer to best serve our talented student population. At this time, following protocol and procedures set by Michigan State University, we can hold our program live and in person. It is suggested we remain masked during rehearsals; however, we will communicate with participants should the guidelines change.

Take It From The Top strives to offer a welcoming experience for emerging artists of all abilities. If you have any questions about our capacity to meet your accessibility needs, please contact Kelly at stuible3@whartoncenter.com.

Five-Day Intensive and Creative Kids

July 18–22, 2022

Explore the "triple threat" disciplines of music, dance, and acting in a safe, fun environment while receiving feedback from Broadway professionals. No prior experience is required; we welcome interested artists of all skill levels. The Intensive will culminate in a recital on Friday, July 22, at 7pm in Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall.

Registration begins April 11, 2022, and payment is due by July 8, 2022.

Five-Day Musical Theatre Intensive (grades 5–12)

  • Monday, July 18 – Thursday, July 21, 10am–5pm
  • Friday, July 22, 12–7pm
  • Recital on Friday, July 22 at 7pm

$350 per participant; includes T-shirt.
Students will bring their lunches daily. Pizza dinner will be provided on recital night.
Maximum of 90 students; smaller groups will be made based on age.

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Creative Kids (grades 2–4) 

  • Monday, July 18 – Thursday, July 21, 10am–3pm
  • Friday, July 22, 12–7pm
  • Recital on Friday, July 22 at 7pm

$300 per participant; includes T-shirt.
Students will bring their lunches daily; Pizza dinner will be provided on recital night.
Maximum of 30 students.
Please note that we do not offer pre or post-workshop care for Creative Kids.

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Adult Workshop

Join Paul Canaan and his team for an informal, fun night of singing and dancing. This laid-back workshop allows adults to work with professionals as they brush up on their musical theatre skills.

  • July 20, 2022 from 7–10pm

Age 18+
$30 per participant
Maximum of 30 students

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For students ready to work at a faster pace with more advanced material, our COMPANY program will learn and stage a full show in one week! This audition-based program will be led by a talented team of Broadway professionals and will include a variety of classes and talkbacks with industry professionals. Participants entering grades 8 through college will present Children of Eden Jr, and participants entering grades 5-7 will perform Disney's Descendants: The Musical. Video auditions will be accepted April 11-May 6, 2022. Acceptance to the program will be announced by May 9, 2022; payment is due by July 8, 2022.

  • Sunday, July 24, 12–4pm
  • Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28, from 10am–5pm
  • Friday, July 29 from 10am–7 pm
  • Recital on Friday at 7pm

$400 per participant; includes T-shirt.
Students will bring their lunches daily. Pizza dinner will be provided on recital night.
Maximum of 60 students.
All auditions will be by video submission.

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Master Class

Take It From The Top Master Classes are back.

Sign up to work with creatives from Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations for a one-of-a-kind workshop and show experience. Participants currently in grades 5 through college will participate in workshops in singing, acting, and dancing with show-specific material, have lunch, and then attend the afternoon matinee of the show.

  • June 11, 2022, 10am–5pm

Grades 5 through college.
$175 per participant—includes workshops, lunch, and ticket to the matinee.
Cap of 45 students.
Registration Opens April 18, 2022

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Wharton Center follows all guidelines set forth by Michigan State University, which is guided by the Michigan Health Department and the CDC guidelines.

Covid-19 Safety Information

  • Every session of TIFTT Company will offer an option to participate virtually.
  • All staff, guest artists, and students will be masked while in Wharton Center.
  • All spaces will have appropriately distanced marks on the floor to maintain safe working spaces.
  • All travel paths will be clearly marked and limited to ensure that students and artists can only access specific parts of the building.
  • Wharton Staff will sanitize all touchpoints routinely throughout and at the end of each session.
  • For participants under 14 years old, Wharton Staff will meet students at their cars in the drop off circle or the Atrium for check-in (as is standard MSU Youth Program Protocol)
  • Wharton staff will monitor COVID cases in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Should the numbers climb to an unacceptable level on Friday before a given session, as determined by the MSU “Together We Will” protocols, we will have a virtual event.
    • Staff will also monitor the COVID cases from all other counties from which students are traveling- if cases rise above an unacceptable level, as determined by the MSU “Together We Will” protocols, those participants will be asked to participate virtually.
  • It is highly recommended that all participants are vaccinated before beginning the program. Should a student show any signs of sickness or have had any exposure, they will be asked to stay home and participate virtually. Furthermore, participants are asked to do a self-evaluation given their health and their possible COVID exposure the morning of each session.
    • Wharton staff will keep in contact with participants and their families in case any symptoms arise after the session, and health departments will be notified.
  • All guest artists will follow the “Together We Will – Travel” protocol as laid out by Michigan State University.
    • Per current Wharton procedures, all guest artists will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine by Oct 1, 2021.
  • All Wharton Center staff and volunteers are vaccinated or, if provided an exception, are tested weekly.

Virtual Program FAQs

What technology will I need?
To be most successful, each participant will need access to a device (preferably a laptop, desktop, or a tablet) during the synchronous learning sessions. There will be times when participants will need to access two devices- recording from one while playing a backing track from another.

What is the requirement for parent involvement?
Parents/guardians won’t need to participate in an of the sessions, beyond what’s needed for tech/device support.

What safety protocols are in place for this program?
Wharton Center staff is working closely with MSU’s Youth Program department as we make this switch to virtual learning. All sessions will be recorded and available for participant/family review and download. Further, Wharton Center staff will be “logged on” to each Zoom meetings as well.

Questions? Please contact Kelly Stuible-Clark at stuible3@whartoncenter.com or (517) 884-3166.

Grade level descriptions are for the 2022–2023 school year

Take It From The Top is 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.

Sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company; and Karyn's Dance Place; with additional support from John & Ethel Anthony; Linda Arens; Bonnie Knutson; and Rich Sneary. Our generous sponsors ensure that the cost of Take It From The Top is as low as possible. We also offer a limited number of need-based scholarships.