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Take It From The Top 

Attention Broadway dreamers, are you looking for an opportunity to hone your skills?

Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity and Take It From The Top have created a brand new virtual educational program allowing students to advance their skills from home.

How better to strengthen the core disciplines of singing, acting, and dancing than learning from Broadway professionals?  This season's Take It From The Top (TIFTT) virtual session is filled with more Broadway professionals than ever before. Students will hear from teaching artists who know what it takes to make it in the business. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with TIFTT Co-Founder Paul Canaan and his team of professionals. 

Questions about any of our TIFTT offerings? Contact Kelly at [email protected] or (517) 884-3166.

Virtual 2021-2022 Programs

Registration is now open. 

Five-Day Workshop

July 19-23, 2021, 10am-3pm

Students grades 5-12 will join Broadway professionals for a one-of-a-kind virtual theatre learning opportunity. Using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning, students will participate in live sessions (via password-protected Zoom meetings) from 10am -3pm each day and have access to pre-recorded lessons. 

Participants will explore the “triple threat” disciplines of music, dance, and acting from various musical theatre styles and influences. In group numbers (separated by grade), participants will learn step-by-step choreography, vocal parts, and solos (chosen the week of). Participants will also receive individual song coaching throughout the week, learn characterization and basics of acting through scene work and improv exercises, and dance technique with our team of teaching artists. 

With a greater capacity for engagement, this virtual program will also allow for more Broadway professionals to engage our students in master classes and Q&A sessions. At the final showcase (Saturday,  August 7, 2022), participants will perform for friends and family in a virtual showcase featuring The HITS of the week. 

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Creative Kids

July 19-23, 10am-12pm

Students entering grades 2-4 will explore engaging theater activities as they sing, dance, and act with our team of Broadway professionals each day. With shorter days and age-appropriate curriculum, there is something for everyone. Solos and a group number will be recorded and featured in our final video showcase, The HITS!

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Audition Required
July 25-30, 10am-3pm

For students in grades 5-college, The TIFTT Company is aimed at students with a serious interest in musical theatre performance and are looking for a more personal, in-depth training program. Previously known as our Advanced and Jr. Advanced programs, students will work to complete a (virtual) show the week of the program. Company members going into grades 5-8 will work on Disney’s Descendants, and our 9th grade-college students will put together Legally Blonde.

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Adult Workshop

Wednesday, July 28, 7-10pm

Join Paul Canaan and his team for an entertaining night of singing and dancing. Participants will learn some Broadway choreography and can sing for individual coaching. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome!

Sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company and Karyn's Dance Place with additional support from Linda Arens; Bonnie Knutson; and Rich Sneary.

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TIFTT 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 [email protected] or (517) 884-3166.

All grade requirements are for the 2021-2022 school year.

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. 

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 the cost of participating in Take It From The Top is as low as possible.

Photos by Harley Seeley