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Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School Of The Arts Announces “Take It From The Top” Teaching Artists

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Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts announces a first-class roster of theater professionals set to instruct the “Take it from the Top” summer camp workshop alongside the program’s creator and Broadway veteran Paul Canaan (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern MillieMiss Saigon). The list of teaching artists includes Alysha Umphress (On the Town, American Idiot, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Astaire Award nominee Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wicked, La Cage Aux Folles), director/choreographer and performer Carlos Encinias (Gateway Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), director/choreographer Connor Gallagher (Disney’s Tangled, Goodspeed Opera House, Bucks County Playhouse) and casting director Justin Huff, CSA of Telsey + Company.  


“Take it from the Top” is a professional Broadway workshop, co-founded and designed by Canaan and Tony® Award-nominee Laura Bell Bundy (Legally BlondeHairspray)The workshop is a unique opportunity for students to spend the week learning from a talented team of experienced Broadway professionals and casting directors. 

Students explore the “triple threat” performing arts disciplines of music, dance and theater. For those interested in pursuing a career in the theater, this is a chance to explore the process of casting, auditions, rehearsals and performance and network with professionals in the industry. A final recital will showcase the work the students have done for an invited audience of family and friends.  

“Take it from the Top” has two sessions:

June 13 – 17, 2016: Broadway Intensive Workshop, ages 10-19. A final recital will showcase the work students have done for an audience of family and friends on June 17 in the Walt Disney Theater. 

June 18 – 19, 2016: Adult Intensive Workshop, ages 19+.

Registration for camps and workshops is currently open. Tuition for workshops for pre-teens ages 10 – 13 and teens ages 14-19 is $425. Tuition for the adult intensive workshop (ages 19+) is $150. Early registration continues through May 15, 2016. A $25 late registration fee is applied to registration beginning May 16, 2016.

To register, or for more information on other Florida Hospital School of the Arts summer camps, visit drphillipscenter.org/schoolofthearts, or call 407.455.5551 with credit card information available. 

Additional 2016 Florida Hospital School of the Arts Camps

Theater Arts Camp, Session 1 (Ages 7-11): June 20, 2016 – June 24, 2016

Theater Intensive Workshop (Ages 10-14 and ages 15-19): June 27, 2016 – July 1, 2016

Jazz Music Intensive Workshop (Ages 14-19): July 11, 2016 – July 15, 2016

Jazz Music Intensive Workshop (Ages 19+): July 16, 2016

Vocal Performance Intensive Workshop (Ages 10-14 and ages 15-19): July 18, 2016 – July 22, 2016

Dance Intensive Workshop (Ages 9-12 and ages 13-19): July 25, 2016 – July 29, 2016

Theater Arts Camp, Session 2 (Ages 7-11): August 8, 2016 – August 12, 2016


About Paul Canaan

Paul recently performed in and was dance captain for the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Paul was also featured on the MTV series Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods where he served as a judge alongside casting director Bernie Telsey and writer Heather Hach. He appeared in the films Sex and the City 2 and Across the Universe. He performed in the New York Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the national tour of Annie Get Your Gun. Regionally, he’s been a dance captain at Paper Mill Playhouse in Camelot, Robert Redford’s Sundance Theater, Ford’s Theater and many more. His passion for education in the arts inspired his company “Take it from the Top” with partner Laura Bell Bundy. He directed education programs for Kids Night on Broadway through the Broadway League, the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The JIMMYS) and proudly served as the artistic director of Broadway Dreams Foundation.

About Alysha Umphress

Broadway: On the Town (Hildy), American Idiot (Original Broadway Cast), On a Clear Day You Can See ForeverPriscilla Queen of the DesertBring it On!. Off Broadway: 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 for Best Leading Actress in a Musical); Barrington Stage: On the TownFunked 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 IdiotBring it On!Fugitive SongsAlysha Umphress Live at the Laurie BeechmanI’ve Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz (available on iTunes and Amazon). Graduated of the Boston Conservatory. www.AlyshaUmphress.com Twitter/Instagram: @cristalzheat

About Nick Adams

Nick was the final actor to star as Fiyero in the first national touring production of Wicked. He is best known for originating and starring as Adam/Felicia in the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Winner of two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, American Theater Hall of Fame honoree, Astaire Award nominee). Broadway: A Chorus Line (Larry), Guys and DollsChicago (Mary Sunshine standby), La Cage Aux FollesThe Pirate Queen. TV/Film: “Sex and the City 2,” “An Englishman in New York,” “Smash,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “Dancing with the Stars,” Kennedy Center Honors, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, “Best Time Ever,” The Tony Awards, and season two of “Go-Go Boy Interrupted” (Keith). Nick has instructed several master classes nationwide, served on the guest faculty of the Boston Conservatory Musical Theatre Dance Intensive, as well as the Broadway Dreams Foundation. He is regarded as a Capezio Dance Athlete. BFA Boston Conservatory. www.nicholasadams.com @thenickadams

About Carlos Encinias

Directing and choreography credits include Altar Boyz at PCLO, West Side Story (Gateway Playhouse), Altar Boyz (North Carolina Theatre, Westchester Broadway, Gateway, Bethesda Theatre and Adirondack Theatre Festival), Beauty and the Beast (Gateway Playhouse) and Next to Normal (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Jarkarta production of Phantomand Big River (Tuachan Ampitheater). Carlos performed on Broadway in Mamma Mia!Good VibrationsLes Miserables and Scandalous. He also performed off-Broadway in the award-winning Altar Boyz, where he was dance captain and standby. He stared as Che in Evita at Phoenix Theatre, the world premiere of Vices: A Love Story in Florida.

About Connor Gallager

Recent: The world premiere stage adaption of Disney’s Tangled, Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg’s The Twelve (Denver Center), Spelling Bee (Buck’s County), The Fabulous Lipitones(Goodspeed), Bunnicula (DR2), Fat Camp (NYMF, Best Choreography Award), Spidermusical (The Mint), Perez Hilton (Barrow Street), Lincoln Center, Theaterworks USA, The York, Northern Stage, The Lortel and numerous events for Broadway Cares. National campaigns: Glidden Luxxotica, Hanky Panky, as well as The Writers Guild Awards and the HIFA Festival (Zimbabwe). Associate: Into the Woods (Public Theatre). Graduate: Cincinnati Conservatory. As a performer, Carpet in Beauty and the Beast (Broadway). www.connorgallagher.com

About Justin Huff, CSA

Justin is a casting director at Telsey + Company and has worked on the following projects: TV/Broadway/Tours: “Grease Live!,” On Your FeetThe Color Purple (2015 Revival), Honeymoon in VegasNewsiesKinky BootsDiner, The Gershwins’ Porgy and BessSpider-man: Turn Off the DarkBonnie and ClydeThe Addams FamilyCatch Me If You CanRock of Ages9 to 5South PacificLeap of FaithWickedRentNext to NormalLegally BlondeThe Color PurpleBette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (Vegas), HairsprayCry-BabyDirty Rotten ScoundrelsGrey GardensHigh School MusicalTarzanAll Shook Up and many more projects currently in development. Justin studied musical theatre at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and at AMDA in New York.

About Florida Hospital

Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is a faith-based institution focused on providing whole person care. It is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association. The Florida Division of Florida Hospital stretches from coast to coast with 24 hospitals, more than 4,600 patient beds, and more than 32,000 employees. The division includes the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, dozens of outpatient facilities and 26 Centra Care urgent care locations throughout Central Florida. Florida Hospital provides a wide range of health services, including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neurosciences, diabetes, orthopedics, pediatrics, transplant and advanced surgical programs. Florida Hospital is a designated statutory teaching hospital and also trains physicians from all around the world on the newest technologies.