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‘Take it from the Top’ workshop coming to Wharton Center

Registration for “Take it from the Top,” a series of thrilling, hands-on workshops offered through Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity, is now taking place. The workshop begins this summer and will take place from July 22 to 27.

Participants – from pre-teens to young adults and beyond – receive a unique opportunity to train with a brilliant team of leading Broadway professionals. Former instructors include such talented Broadway performers as 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Billy Porter, “Kinky Boots,” and Shoshana Bean, who is set to begin her run in “Waitress” on Broadway.

“Take it from the Top” was developed by Tony Award nominee and “Legally Blonde star,” Laura Bell Bundy, and Paul Canaan, assistant dance captain of 2014’s most Tony nominated show, “Kinky Boots.” 

“We started ‘Take it from the Top’ as a catalyst for creativity in life,” said Canaan. “We bring a team of world-class artists at the top of the performing arts field to Michigan and immerse students in a full week of training in music, drama and dance – and advance their skills — no matter how accomplished or inexperienced they are. This is a truly unique educational experience, and it culminates in a performance at the end of the week.”

Participants learn the craft of musical theater – including basic to advanced skills, industry history and practical content – in an exciting, fast-paced, interactive setting. “Take it from the Top” offers participants a chance to experience Broadway with the pros and sharpen skills in an inspirational, creative, fun and genuinely supportive environment. Participants will make friendships that will last a lifetime.

All workshops are held at Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 517-884-3166. The deadline for registration is June 21. Late registrations may be accepted based on class size.

For more information, contact Kelly Stuible-Clark at Wharton Center: 517-884-3166 or

By: Bob Hoffman