Taking the Stage
Created byNick Lachey
Opening theme"Whatever It Takes" by Leona Lewis
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
Running time42 mins. (Season 1)
22 min. (Season 2)
Original networkMTV
Original releaseMarch 19, 2009 (2009-03-19) –
April 15, 2010 (2010-04-15)

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 alumnus, 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.

MTV canceled the show in May 2010.[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

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, (transfer) Vocal major. Season 2
Carlton Totten Graduate, (transfer) Drama major. Season 2
Ian Watts Graduate, (transfer) 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, (transfer) 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, archived from the original on March 22, 2009
  3. ^ Lloyd, Robert (March 19, 2009), "'Taking the Stage'", Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ Kiesewetter, John (May 10, 2010). "MTV Cancels Taking The Stage". Cincinnati.com. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on June 17, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2010.