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Take It From The Top 

After a successful first season of our virtual Take It From The Top Company program, we are happy to announce the 2021-2022 Company. 

While we will continue to offer a virtual option for the program, we are also planning to offer an in-person option as well.


2021-2022 Company

Meeting once a month, TIFTT Company program participants will continue to heighten their musical theatre skills. This class will utilize local professionals and guest artists for an in-depth look at singing, acting, and dancing in a small-group session.  

6-8pm | $350 | Ages 10+

  • Monday, October 4, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021  
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 
  • Monday, January 10, 2022 
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022 
  • Monday, April 18, 2022 

How to register

  • Participants can register to join virtually only, for a full season or individually per class.
  • Participants of any age that are not residents of Michigan can register to join virtually.

Sign Up

There is an option to join individual classes virtually without signing up for the full season. Topics and special guests will be announced approximately three weeks before each event.


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

Monday, October 4, 2021 will be virtual for all participants. Wharton Center is currently working with MSU to develop a possible in-person option later in the year. If in person does not become available, classes with be virtually only.

Covid-19 Safety Information

  • Every session of TIFTT Company will offer an option to participate virtually: 10 and 11 year olds, students from out of the area, and anyone unable to join in person (due to travel, weather, illness, or other reasons) are welcome to join 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.


Workshop Topics

November 9, 2021
SONG COACHING: Students will perform 2 contrasting songs and work on vocaltechnique, song choice, the character intentions, and preparing songs for a live audition.

GUEST ARTISTS: Paul Canaan, David Wendelburger, Kelly Stuible-Clark


Questions? Please contact Kelly Stuible-Clark at stuible3@whartoncenter.com 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 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.

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