Take it From the Top

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TAKE IT FROM THE TOP is 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!

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!


AUGUST 11 – 15, 2014

During this workshop, participants will explore the “triple-threat” disciplines of music, dance and theatre. These classes are a safe place for students to explore new things and hone existing skills. The final recital for friends and family will showcase the work the students have done throughout the week. Participants should prepare an age-appropriate musical theatre song with sheet music. If you need help finding material, contact Kris Ouellette at 517-884-3166 or email kris.ouellette@whartoncenter.com.

PRE-TEEN (ages 10-13)
TEEN (14-18)
1PM to 5:30PM at:
Grand Rapids Ballet Company
341 Ellsworth SW

Noon to 5:30PM Rehearsal
5:30PM to 6:30PM Dinner break
7PM Recital (FREE) at:
Wege Theatre Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth SW Grand Rapids


Step One: Register or by phone: 1-800-WHARTON

Step Two: Apply Online

Step One: Assumption of risk and release for liability


Contact Kris Ouellette at 517-884-3166 or email kris.ouellette@whartoncenter.com with questions or concerns.

Registration is open until workshops are filled.

A limited number of scholarships are available. To request a full or partial scholarship, download and fill out the scholarship application. Parental permission is required for participants under 18 years old. Release forms will be mailed with registration packet.

Participants should prepare an age-appropriate song and monologue for the portion of the workshop focused on auditioning.

Parking fees are not included in the registration fee. Additional information on parking will be mailed with registration packet.

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.

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