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Take It From The Top Broadway Intensives

Live | Virtual Take It From The Top Broadway Intensives

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Ages 9-18 | Tuition: $175

Check out the TIFTT 2020 video

City Opera House and Take It From The Top are committed to inspiring young artists to reach their potential—no matter the circumstances. More than ever, connection is crucial. Arts education inspires life skills, togetherness and community. By combining virtual and live programming with Broadway professionals, we will continue to mentor our students to express themselves, create and succeed. 

TIFTT’s Broadway professionals started out just like the students—passionate about theater. Dedicated to developing the next generation, Take It From The Top returns for its tenth summer in Traverse City at City Opera House. Students, ages 9-20, explore energetic musical theater training with Broadway professionals in the triple threat disciplines of music, dance, and acting.

TIFTT Executive Director Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots) and Jacob Yandura (NYC composer, pianist) will lead virtual instruction and be at City Opera House throughout the week for live instruction of group numbers, individual coaching, choreography and scenes. Additionally, Broadway professionals and teaching artists will join daily for live virtual guest talk backs.

The combination of  LIVE | VIRTUAL instruction will give ALL students more opportunities for one-on-one song coaching, dance instruction, special guest talk backs (director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell and Tony Award-winner Annaleigh Ashford)  and creative courses where students will learn the process of song writing, choreographing or playwriting. 

TIFTT students will be broken in to two groups—Advanced and Broadway Intensive. Each group will be provided their own unique google drive with PDF’s of music, choreography videos and music parts so students can learn at their own pace. Material includes current Broadway numbers with music from Six, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, Beetlejuice, Jagged Little Pill and more.

Changes from 2019

Safety in Response to COVID

City Opera House and TIFTT put the safety of the students, staff and community first, always. City Opera House will provide any updates prior to the intensive. All safety practices will be aligned with the CDC and state guidelines. Immediate questions may be sent to [email protected].

Schedule for Broadway Intensive

August 10-14, 2020 | Monday – Friday 

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Curriculum 2020

Downloadable PDFs of medleys, solos, and vocal parts so students can practice on their own. Group zoom classes will review, clean, and clarify. Individual coaching will take place live at COH to work on medley solos and anything students want to work on for acting coaching and vocal technique. Ex: 5 students at a time with social distancing practices in place.

Choreography instructional videos of the medleys will be available to students so they can learn and work at their own pace. We’ll rehearse small groups at COH to clean and block as well. 

These courses will include three - 1 hour sessions aimed at giving students tools to participate in the creative process. Via Zoom, students can choose a course that inspires them to create choreography, creative writing, or songwriting. The goal is to express yourself through art. 

These are half-hour sessions throughout the week which include industry professionals in different fields so students can learn the range of professions that the arts including director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award-winner Annaleigh Ashford and more. 

Because of the unique circumstances related to COVID-19, TIFTT is planning to capture the successes, performances, and artistry of this intensive and create a video compilation of the medleys, solos, and acting moments so that friends and family can watch together. We know it will be a true celebration of education, inspiration, and community. 

Need-based scholarships are available, apply for financial aid during Registration. 

The Take It From The Top Broadway teaching artists roster has included Paul Canaan (Kinky Boots/Legally Blonde); Meredith Akins (Mamma Mia!/Wicked); Carlos Encinias (Mamma Mia!/Scandalous); Ellyn Marsh,(Kinky Boots, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert), Justin Huff (C. S. A. Casting Director, Newsies/Kinky Boots), Brad Willcuts (Assistant Fight and Movement Director, Amazing Grace), Colin Cunliffe (Finding Neverland/Pippin/Evita), Jacob Yandura (Composer, The Last Queen of Canaan) and more.

Take It From The Top is dedicated to providing quality education enrichment through music, dance and theatre to students and other organizations nationwide.

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.

Questions?  Email [email protected] or call (231) 941-8082 Ext. 202

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