TAKE IT FROM THE TOP Interactive Musical Theatre Workshops- Lansing

When:
July 29, 2013 – August 2, 2013 all-day
Taught by a team of working Broadway Professionals
REGISTRATION STILL TAKING PLACE; ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT
                           Workshop times vary 
Tickets:            $295.00 – Music, Dance, Theatre Workshop
                          Pre-Teen (ages 10-13)
                          Teens (ages 14– 18)
                          $395 Advanced Workshop
                          (Ages 15-22)
                          A limited number of scholarships are available.  
                         Call Laurie Briseno for more information. (517-884-3141)
Location:         Wharton Center for Performing Arts
                         517.432.2000, 1.800.WHARTON
EAST LANSING, Mich. – TAKE IT FROM THE TOP, a series of interactive workshops offered through the MSU Federal Credit Union INSTITUTE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY at Wharton Center, gives participants – from Pre-Teens to Young Adults and beyond – an opportunity to experience what it is like to be on Broadway.
TAKE IT FROM THE TOP was developed by (2007) Tony Award nominee and Legally Blonde star Laura Bell Bundy and Paul Canaan.  Canaan is currently starring in this season’s most Tony(C) nominated Broadway show (13)Kinky Boots. “When we started Take It From The Top I wasn’t sure I would perform on Broadway again. But now that I am, I feel more connected than ever to my passion for education. I love what I do and I want students to learn as much as possible about professional theatre and have fun doing it!  I’m sending a team of amazing Broadway performers to Michigan who I trust to provide an exciting and inspiring week for our students there.”
Canaan returns this year to be an instructor.  Other instructors include Meredith Akins, HairFootlooseMamma Mia and Wicked; Carlos Encinias, Mamma Mia and Scandalous; Leslie McDonald, American IdiotHair Spray andLegally Blond; and musical directors are Jeff English and Allan Decipulo.
Former instructors include Billy Porter who plays Lola in this season’s most Tony(C) nominated Broadway Show,Kinky Boots.  Porter’s role landed him a Tony(C) Award nomination for Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical. Porter says, “I remember when I was a kid growing up in Pittsburg trying to figure out how to live as a creative person.
I had lots of influences and teachers and people who helped me. Without those people I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m so grateful when I get the opportunity to give back and share what I know with aspiring young artists.”
Participants learn the craft of musical theatre with basic to advanced skills, industry history and practical content in an exciting, fast-moving, interactive setting. TAKE IT FROM THE TOP offers participants a chance to experience Broadway with the pros.  Learn, work and sharpen your skills in a creative, fun and supportive environment.  If you ever wanted to be on a Broadway stage, now is your chance to perform and pick the brains of the people who are doing it!
The full-day advance workshop will focus on learning a condensed version of a current Broadway hit.
MUSIC / DANCE / THEATRE (MDT) WORKSHOPS:
Five-day workshop
  • PRE-TEEN: Ages 10-13
  • TEEN: Ages 14-18
  • ADVANCED:  Ages 15-22
The workshop will feature an exploration of Broadway music, dance and theatre training culminating in a recital on the final night for family and friends. There will be ample time for questions and discussion throughout the workshop.
All workshops are held at Wharton Center for Performing Arts.  Space is limited; to register, log ontowww.whartoncenter.com/takeitfromthetop or call 1-800-WHARTON.
Following workshops in East Lansing, the team will present a similar series of workshops at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City and at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.
For more information call Dana Brazil at Wharton Center:  517-884-3166 or brazilda@msu.edu

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