Taking the Stage

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Taking the Stage
Created by Nick Lachey
Opening theme "Whatever It Takes" by Leona Lewis
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 2
Running time 42 mins. (Season 1)
22 min. (Season 2)
Original network MTV (2009)
Original release March 19, 2009 – April 15, 2010

Taking the Stage is a musical reality show set at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is produced by Nick Lachey, a SCPA alumnnus, for MTV. The first season chronicled the lives of five high school students and their friends as they train for careers in the arts.[1][2][3] The 2nd season aired from January to April 2010 on Thursday nights on MTV at 11 pm.

It was confirmed that the series was canceled, and no third season is being planned.[4]


This is the Main Cast for all seasons according to MTV. For a full list of current and former cast members of Taking The Stage, see Seasons

  •      Main Cast Member
Name Info Season(s) Featured
Tyler Nelson Graduate, alumni of Dance department. Seasons 1 + 2
Mia Carruthers Graduate, alumni of Instrumental Music department. Seasons 1 + 2
Aaron Breadon non-graduate, multi-instrumentalist Jazz major. Seasons 1 + 2
Adam Calvert Graduate, Vocal major. Season 2
Carlton Totten Graduate, Drama major. Season 2
Ian Watts Graduate, alumni of Technical Theater department. Season 2
Anna Flinchbaugh non-graduate (transfer), Dance major. Season 2
Holly Angel Graduate, Drama Major . Season 2
Emily Silber Graduate, alumni of Dance department. Season 2
Emily Sones non-graduate (transfer), "Drama" major. Season 2
Jasmine White-Killins Graduate, alumni of Dance department. Season 1
Shaakira Sargent Graduate, alumni of Dance department. Season 1
Malik Kitchen Graduate, alumni of Dance and Vocal Music departments. Season 1


For full cast descriptions, synopsis', episode guides, and more see below.


  1. ^ Fischer, Ben (March 19, 2009), "SCPA debuts tonight", Cincinnati Enquirer 
  2. ^ Zummo, Maija (March 18, 2009), "A Dose of Reality", Cincinnati CityBeat 
  3. ^ Lloyd, Robert (March 19, 2009), "'Taking the Stage'", Los Angeles Times 
  4. ^ Kiesewetter, John (2010-05-10). "MTV Cancels Taking The Stage". Cincinnati.com. Gannett Company. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

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