Our Superstar Teachers

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Talita Archibald

Talita Archibald

Talita Archibald is an experienced childhood educator with over 22 years teaching performance and drama to school aged children. Talita trained in Music Therapy at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and at Colorado State University, USA. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, she met her Kiwi soulmate while travelling in Scotland and in 2004 moved to Wellington. Now she lives with her husband, two young children and her beloved dog.

She brings the flamboyance and enthusiasm for music, dance and drama from her home in Argentina. She is passionate about developing the best of each child through singing, acting or dancing.

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Trudy Dalziel

Trudy comes from a “theatrical” family and has been performing since the age of 5. On return from overseas, Trudy taught drama to children in Christchurch, before moving to Wellington where she has been actively involved in many productions, both on and offstage, mainly with Stagecraft Theatre for the past 10 years.

Trudy has a passion for all aspects of theatre and performance and loves the opportunity Musical Stars gives her to share this passion with the Musical Stars children. Trudy mixes the magic of imagination and story telling with technical skills to help give children the confidence to perform.

Trudy also enjoys writing scripts for children, some of which have been performed by Musical Stars children over the past couple of years.

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Ruth Koroniadis-Armishaw

Ruth Armishaw is a chameleon of the Wellington music scene, a freelance musician as a performer for hire, a music teacher, and a creator of artistic works.

Her musical background spans the orchestral, choral, operatic, musical theatre, and jazz realms, with tertiary and post-graduate study in Vocal Jazz performance and a Performers Certificate in classical piano.

Ruth’s teaching experience spans 15 years (and over 5000 hours) from one-on-one to choir singing and piano lessons for children ages 5-18.

As a past member of the Hutt Operatic, Wellington Junior Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Youth, NZ Secondary Students’, NZ Youth and Orhepus Choirs, Wellington Musical Theatre, and current member of the NBR NZ Opera Chapman Tripp Chorus (13 years), she has a vast and varied performance experience.

She has been involved in several NZ Fringe festivals as performer, musical director, composer and producer, and in 2012 debuted her first musical theatre piece, Have Voice; Will Sing. Ruth is a regular chorus member for operas and choral works in the NZ International Arts Festivals and more often, you can find Ruth playing and singing jazz in restaurants around the city. For 4 years she was involved with the Childrens’ ArtSplash festival as assistant musical director, following 3 years with the ArtSplash stage band.

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Molly Daley

Jo Hodgson
Molly is passionate about everything to do with dance and learning. Dancing from the age of three, and still regularly taking classes, having the chance to pass knowledge onto the students at Musical Stars is thrilling. Alongside studying Psychology at Victoria University, Molly has been involved in productions with Porirua Little Theatre and World of Wearable Arts, as a dancer and in the role of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. 
Starting at Musical Stars in 2016, Molly has continued to teach in studios across Wellington, but always favouring the musical theatre flair and style that Musical Stars brings. Her favourite musicals are The Sound Of Music, Joseph, and The Wizard of Oz – you can’t beat the classics!
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Madeleine Knowles

Jo Hodgson

Madeline started Musical Stars when she was only 6 years old. She participated in many shows
with us during the years and was an honour when she came to teach for us. She wanted other
children to experience her joy in acting.

Madeline started her Television career with a role as “Lottie White” in Shortland Street in 2016.
She was also in several other movies as: The Lobster, Lucy Lewis Can’t Loose, Educators and
Home Detention. Maddy was also involved in many stage productions as lead: Wizard of Oz,
Joseph and his technicolor dreamcoat, Oliver, Mid-Summer Nights Fairytale.

Madeline stared Toi Whakaari Nz Drama School in 2017 and she is finishing her third year in
July. Apart from acting she is interested and had gain certification in different areas like Combat
Training (Allen Henry), Hip Hop, Ballet, American Jazz and Circus training.

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Alesha Spekking

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Rose Harbour

Rose came to Musical Stars for 8 years. Today she is in her last year of New
Zealand Diploma in Performing Arts – Musical Theatre at Whitirea.

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Riley Gibson

Riley came to Musical Stars for 7 years and when his school timetable wouldn’t let him continue he joined us backstage and as a sound technician during our performances. Now he is also teaching some of the classes. Riley is a great musician and plays guitar in different events in Wellington. He has also been involved with various elements of stage lighting for productions from company’s including including the Summer Shakespeare Trust and Wellington Repertory Theatre

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Stacey Dalziel

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Madi Dye

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Jess Riddell

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Jasmine Stock

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