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Take It From The Top 2019

At Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street


For young artists to develop skills through music, dance and acting.  Participants will be exploring music, dance and acting using material in new current Broadway shows like Be More Chill, Beetlejuice, Moulin Rouge, Kiss Me Kate, the Prom and many more. 
Throughout the week, we offer practical theatre training from Broadway professionals which culminates in a fun and exciting showcase for family and friends. Our focus is to educate students through theatrical training and help them make daily progress as our students take risks to explore their talents. Each day involves instruction in music, dance and acting. Showcase performance on Friday. Discover how to strengthen audition skills, master dance technique and perform with confidence.  
Scholarships are available!*

For Young Performers Ages 9 through 18 

July 15th to July 19th

Mon - Thurs from 10am to 1pm; Fri from 12pm - 5pm with the receital at 6pm

Tuition:  $400*

What will they need to bring?

  • 1-2 contrasting songs with 32 bar cuts and sheet music in a three ring punched binder.
  • Comfortable clothing to move in with sneakers or dance shoes.

Check out this video from Take It From the Top founder, Paul Canaan, to get a better sense of this exciting opportunity here 

Who can you expect to teach this theatre intensive?

Paul Canaan

Broadway: Kinky Boots (dance captain / original Angel), Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Legally Blonde.
He recently partnered with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell to launch The Original Production Inc. A dance licensing company that offers high schools and theaters the opportunity to learn and perform original Broadway choreography. He founded the arts organization Take It From The Top, which provides professional theatre mentoring to aspiring young artists. He served as artistic director of The Broadway Dreams Foundation for 4 years and also developed education programs for Kids Night On Broadway and served as a judge for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The JIMMY AWARDS).

Alysha Umphress

BROADWAY: On The Town (Hildy), American Idiot (OBC), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Bring it On!. OFF- BROADWAY: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Make Me a Song (The Music of William Finn).
REGIONAL: San Francisco Symphony: On The Town (Hildy) Paper Mill Playhouse: Pump Boys And Dinettes (Rhetta Cupp) Signature
Theatre: Beaches (Cee Cee Bloom) *Helen Hayes nomination Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Barrington Stage: On the Town, Funked Up Fairy Tales.
TV: Law and Order SVU, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, 52nd annual Grammy awards, 64th and 69th annual TONY Awards. RECORDINGS: On The Town (new broadway cast recording) American Idiot, Bring it On!, Fugitive Songs, Alysha Umphress Live at the Laurie Beechman. I've Been Played; Alysha Umphress swings Jeff Blumenkrantz (available on iTunes and Amazon) Graduate of The Boston Conservatory.


Jacob Yandura is a New York City based composer. Most recently, Jacob and his lyricist-collaborator Rebekah Greer Melocik are at work with 21-time Tony Award winning director Harold Prince on an adaptation of the 2015 Peabody Award-winning documentary HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO (book by Bess Wohl).  His other projects include THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN (book by Harrison David Rivers), THE COUP, and WRINGER, a commission by New York City Children's Theater, based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli (Off-Broadway; New York City Center Stage II).
 His recent recognitions include: a 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, the 2015 NAMT Festival of New Musicals (THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN), Ars Nova’s two-year UNCHARTED residency (THE COUP), the 2014 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, The York Theatre's NEO 2014 residency, the 2013 Yale Institute for Music Theatre (THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN), the 2012-2013 Dramatists Guild Fellowship, the 2012 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Cap21’s Writers Residency and Ars Nova’s ANT Fest 2013 (THE FEARFUL EARFUL).
Jacob holds a B.A. in Music Composition from Kenyon College and an M.F.A from New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

cody williams

Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, On the Town, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Memphis. His other major credits include playing Will Parker in Oklahoma! at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster, West Side Story at Paper Mill Playhouse, and Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall starring Nathan Lane. He has also danced as a guest artist with Atlanta Ballet. Currently he is the producer of the Emmy Award Winning TV show On Stage on NY1.