Director, Choreographer, Musical Theatre Acting, Dance
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 15 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!
Lauren is the primary director of the MTW children’s ensemble spring musical as well as numerous acting camps.
Lauren has been a member of the MTW acting studio since she was in elementary school. She has performed with the MTW acting ensembles throughout her training. She was a featured actress in Little Mermaid as Skuttle, ensemble in Mulan, Godspell and many more. Lauren has appeared onstage at the Fort Gordon dinner theatre as well as the Maxwell Theatre at ASU.
Now, attending Augusta State University, she is teaching drama, under the mentorship of Ms Mickey, to our youngest actors. She is a wonderful drama instructor. Lauren also works with the entire studio during production time as the stage manager. She has recently finished two internships with professional theatre companies in Atlanta.
Classical Vocal technique instructor
Call her directly to make arrangements for private vocal class.
Melanie Wade Larsen holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
Ms. Larsen has been teaching voice since 2007.
In addition to teaching for Musical Theatre Workshops, she teaches for the Augusta University Conservatory and also maintains a private vocal studio. She is a member of the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing.
Opera credits include “First Touriere” and “First Novice” in the concert version of Suor Angelica with the New York Lyric Opera in 2012. With the Augusta Opera she sang the roles of “Una Conversa” in Suor Angelica, “Anina” in La Traviata, “Friend of Augusta” in The Ballad of Baby Doe, and “Lady Jane” in Camelot. For the outreach program, she played “Pamina” and the “First Lady” in The Magic Flute. Additionally she has appeared in The Tales of Hoffman, La Boheme, and Sweeney Todd. She has performed as a soloist in Home for the Holidays concerts sponsored by the Augusta Opera and An Evening at the Opera with the Columbia County Civic Orchestra. With the Columbia County Choral Society she sang the roles of “Mabel” and “Yum-Yum” in a program of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
Musical Theatre credit with the Augusta Players include the role of “Old Woman II” in Les Miserables and a nun/ensemble member in The Sound of Music. She served as music/chorus director for The Music Man with the Aiken Community Playhouse and was an ensemble member in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Oratorio and concert work with the Augusta Choral Society include soloist in the Harmon Requiem and McDowall Stabat Mater, The Messiah, and a concert of Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. She was also a featured soloist with the USC Graduate Vocal Ensemble performance of Handel’s Te Deum.
Ms. Larsen holds a B.M. in Vocal performance from Augusta University and was awarded the Lucie C. Ruzicka performance award. She serves as secretary for the Augusta Opera Club.
Nathan studied ballet, tap and contemporary dance with a variety of instructors 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. Locally, Nathan has choreographed musicals for the Greenbrier High School Drama Guild, Harlem High, and Augusta Richmond County. He has performed and choreographed for both the Fort Gordan Dinner Theatre, The Augusta Players as well as our own Musical Theatre Workshops.
A former MTW student, he now pursues a professional theatre career. Nathan has been seen onstage at the Legacy Theatre in Tyrone, GA, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre and Atlanta’s Serembe Playhouse. He is currently working as a singer/dancer on a variety of cruise ships around the world.
Claire has been in theatre since birth, making her debut in the ballet the Nutcracker with the Columbia County Ballet, carried onstage by “grandmother”. Since then, she has been seen onstage with MTW in Hello My Baby, JOJO in Seussical, Alice in Wonderland and many more. One of her favorite roles to date is Peter Pan, 2016, with GRAYT productions, flying around the Imperial Theatre. She has also worked with the Augusta Jr Players.
In 2017 Claire, along with MTW’s JTF team, won Best Ensemble as well as best student choreographer, for their work in Honk Jr, at the JTF festival in Atlanta, GA. Claire enjoys assisting with the choreography for the JTF performances as well as the kids ensemble performances.
Musical Theatre Acting
Kelsey Kemper graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Augusta this January. She is so excited join Musical Theatre Workshops. Kelsey has worked as an acting teacher for the last 4 years. She loves seeing children’s creativity and self-confidence come to life through theatre.
She recently played Ariel in the Little Mermaid for the Augusta Players. Some of her favorite credits include Hello Dolly (Dolly); Sound of Music (Maria); Urinetown (Hope); 9 to 5 (Judy); Steel Magnolia (Truvy) and Crimes of the Heart (Meg). She has also had the privilege to work in many commercials and films, including National and Regional commercials for Walmart, Mid-First Bank, Yankees Candles, and many independent films.