Studio address: 3817 Martinez Blvd, Martinez, GA
Musical Theatre Acting Instructor,
Tap classes for all ages
Mickey, her husband Chuck, and their 4 kids moved to the Augusta area in 1997 after an extensive North American tour with the Broadway musical CATS. They had been based out of Chicago where Mickey and Chuck both performed in area dinner theaters . Mickey has performed in or choreographed many musicals including Hello Dolly, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, the Wiz, the King and I, and the National Tour of Evita. She also performed in many children’s theatre productions, industrial shows, TV and print ads. She has studied theatre arts across the country and has worked under the direction of Harold Prince and Andrew Lloyd Weber. After settling in Augusta, Mickey saw there was a lively theatre community here but it lacked a young actor’s musical theatre group. MTW, Musical Theatre Workshops was conceived!
Ms Mickey has been teaching children of the CSRA musical theatre acting for over 10 years. Her background in professional theatre has made her a unique mentor and teacher. Ms Mickey’s performing career includes Broadway touring companies, regional theatre, industrial shows, commercial and print work, choreography and extensive directing of children’s productions. Her enthusiasm for being creative and helping the younger actors find their gifts is contagious. Her goal is to bring out the gifts that God has given to all the kids that pass through MTW no matter their age. To help them gain confidence and let their voices be heard!
Cristell commenced her studies of music in her native land of Puerto Rico at the Escuela Libre De Musica of San Juan. After graduating, she began her formal studies at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, studying with soprano Enid Gonzalez and Baritone Justino Diaz. In 2002, she had the opportunity to perform in a music festival held in Tuscany, Italy with th
e conservatory chorus. Outside of the conservatory, she also performed with professional choruses including: Teatro de la Opera, Opera de Puerto Rico and Compania Fundacion de Zarzuela y Operetta in which she debuted on the role of Dona Ceveriana in the Zarzuela La Verbena de la Paloma.
She has since performed with professional choruses including The Orlando Opera Company, Vero Beach Opera Company, and the Augusta Opera Company. In August of 2007, Ms. Reyes made her United States debut as La Curandera in the “Opera Buffa La Historia De Aquel Que Se Caso Con Mujer Muda by Alberto Guidobaldi” with Voces Lyricas Del Mundo, a Spanish Opera Company, which she founded in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Reyes currently resides in Augusta, Georgia where she has professional appearances with The Augusta Opera Company. She recently did the role of the novice at the opera Suor Angelica , The Augusta Choral Society, The Most Holy Trinity Choir, Musical Theatre Workshops and Augusta State University music department. Ms. Reyes is also studying opera with Dr. Linda Banister. Visit her website here.
Kira King Dittfurth, voice instructor, classical and musical theatre voice
Kira has recently returned to her hometown of Augusta, Georgia. After being homeschooled, Mrs. Dittfurth received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Augusta State University (ASU). She then went on to earn her masters in Voice Performance from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She has performed with the Augusta Opera, MTSU Opera and the ASU Opera. In the summers of 2008 and 2009, she attended the Middlebury College German for Singers program, where she spend the entire summers immersed in the German language and furthered her study in German Art Song and its performance. She has also been a guest performer for a multitude of concerts and recitals, such as the Cumberland University’s Chorale Concert and the Augusta Opera Benefit Concert.
Although her initial focus was on performance, Mrs. Dittfurth has found her passion in teaching. She has been a music professor at MTSU since 2009 and joined the voice faculty at Cumberland University in 2011. She has taught students of all ages and genres. Bringing with her a background of performance experience and knowledge, under her instruction, students focus on vocal technique, understanding the vocal mechanism, and overall musicianship to build a solid foundation that will help them achieve their goals.
Nathan studied ballet, tap and contemporary dance with a variety of instuctors around the Augusta area. He is an alumni of the Columbia County Ballet Company, where he danced the roles of Sugar Plum Cavelier, Nutcracker Prince, and Peter Pan. He also enjoyed dancing in pieces from Ashes, Cinderella, and the Roar of Love. Nathan has studied at the Augusta Ballet School under Ms Bon Ellis and Mr Peter Powles and tap with Mrs Mickey Lubeck. Nathan has choreographed dance numbers and musicals for the Greenbrier High School Drama Guild. Harlem High’s Bye Bye Birdie and assisted in choreographing at the Fort Gordan Dinner Theatre. A former MTW student, he now pursues a professional carreer. Nathan has also performed in the Atlanta area; the role of Peter Pan in the Legacy Theatre production of Peter Pan and also the role of Gad in their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Joshua has studied hip hop and other dance styles for several years. His love of ballroom dance and hip hop show his diversity of expression. Joshua has been an actor with Musical Theatre Workshops for 8 years and is excited about joining the talented staff of instructors.