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!
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 Teachers 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.
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.