Connor is currently in his third year at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA). He previously trained as a drama student at The Hammond, Chester as well as the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT).
Connor has been involved with LHK Youth Company since a young age and as he got older started to work within the creative team of the youth company to gain a wider understanding of what it is like on the other side. He has directed High School Musical, FAME and most recently Oliver! which was a box office hit. Connor also runs the acting workshops for the children who are managed by agency LHK Management as well as preparing young ones for rehearsals if they gain a role in one of the professional pantomimes within LHK Productions Ltd.
He has also worked as an actor in both professional and amateur productions since a young age. Some of his stage credits include The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, DH Lawrence’s The Daughter in Law and also LHK’s international show Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Lebanon. Connor has also worked on CBBC’s Stepping Up, Channel 4’s Hollyoaks as well as Voice Over work for Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s Cosmic. Upon graduation Connor wishes to continue adding to his own credits as an actor in screen, stage and voice as well as supporting young ones at LHK with their own talents and aspirations.
Lee Kelly - Managing Director/Producer
Liverpool-born Lee Kelly’s is one of the UK’s most exciting producers.
Lee’s career has spanned over two decades during which time he has produced Pantomime throughout the U.K, Middle East (including Dubai, Qatar,Lebanon) Europe plus various touring & corporate shows.
Having worked as a celebrated and much-in-demand choreographer for the past 18 years, Lee is now creative director of LHK Productions Ltd.
Since Establishing LHK Productions in 2005, Lee has produced many of the U.K’s finest names including Cilla Black, Henry Winkler, Jennifer Ellison, Calum Best, Crissy Rock, Ritchie Neville & 80’s legend Sonia to name but a few.
In 2010, LHK Productions produced a brand-new stage production, One Night Only, which was first staged at the Liverpool Empire Theatre in June 2010, starring Jennifer Ellison, which returned for a mini-tour in October 2011. Lee also produced Tonight’s the Night, the region’s number-one variety show at the Liverpool Empire Theatre in October 2012.
Prior to establishing himself as one of the UK’s most exciting producers, Lee trained professionally at London’s prestigious Laine Theatre Arts,
Lee was renowned for his choreography, working with many established artists including: Kylie Minogue, Geri Halliwell, Mandy Moore, Samantha Mumba, Martine McCutcheon, Boy George, Claire Sweeney and Atomic Kitten.
Additional credits include: Ms Cilla Black in Cinderella at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, plus Mr Henry Winkler (the Fonz) in Peter Pan. Credits also include: Our Benny, starring Ms Bernie Nolan, at the Liverpool Empire and Now That’s What I Call Culture at the Liverpool Echo Arena, where Lee was approached by Mr Phil Redmond, executive producer of Mersey Television, to both judge and choreograph the event.
Additional musical theatre and commercial choreography credits include: The Royal Variety Performance at the Dominion Theatre, London; the award-winning musical Her Benny at the Empire and Royal Court theatres, Liverpool; Moments of Magic (tour); Anything Goes; My Fair Lady; the Liverpool Echo Arts and Entertainment Awards (Queen’s Dock); Disney launch for Disney TV; trade shows for Pepsi, Honda, BMW and Jaguar; plus Key 103 Manchester, Radio 1, Smooth FM and City FM, Liverpool; pantomimes including: Snow White, Aladdin, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast at Neptune Theatre, Liverpool, and the Lowry, Manchester; hair and fashion shows for Wella and Schwarzkopf, plus many north-west companies.
TV work includes: Sky 1, Channel 4, Living TV, Channel 5 and Children in Need for the BBC, plus pop acts for Universal and London Records.
In 2003, Lee was also placed as one of Liverpool’s Top Ten Most Talented by Liverpool Echo arts editor Joe Riley.
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Claire Simmo - Acting Coach / Director
Claire Simmo has spent almost 20 years as a radio presenter – having spent most of it at Radio City, and now finally found her home at Radio City 2 105.9FM. Claire works alongside Rossie weekday mornings 6-10am and then presents her solo breakfast show on Saturday mornings 6-10am. Claire also presents an online music show on heat radio Saturday 12-2pm – part of the national heat magazine. Alongside her radio career – Claire is no stranger to the stage... having trained at The Elliott Clarke College of Dance & Drama – qualifying through to Grade 8 acting in Guildhall and Gold Medal with Honours in LAMDA. Claire was delighted to do her first pantomime with LHK Productions playing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan at Christmas 2017 at The Epstein Theatre and is thrilled to be returning for Jack & the Beanstalk for their 2018 Easter pantomime!
Claire has recently become involved within LHK Youth Theatre where she was directing their A Night of Musicals production alongside her dear friend Jade Melia who was co-directing. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the children and is looking forward to continuing to work with the talented youngsters in Sister Act & Matilda in July! Over the last few years Claire has hosted the Liverpool One Light Switch on, Run for the 96 (Stanley Park) , BTR Running Awards (Liverpool), Rock n Roll Marathon (Liverpool), various Duke of Edinburgh awards ceremonies, The Princes Trust Butterfly Ball (Cheshire), Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation “Light up a life” service (St Georges Hall) to name but a few.
Holli Jo trained in tap, ballet, modern theatre, contemporary and commercial and got her first professional job in 2008 at the age of 15 on a European tour. Since then she has gone on to do numerous music videos, concerts, stage shows, TV appearances and feature films.
Holli Jo then moved on to the choreography side of the industry, where she has choreographed many of LHK's youth productions including Hairspray, Legally Blonde and Grease. Holli Jo also choreographs for the professional side of LHK, her credits for the company include One Night Only, Tonight’s The Night and their UK famous pantomimes including “Jack and the Beanstalk” with TOWIE’s Dan Osbourne, “Beauty & the Beast” with FIVE’s Richie Neville, “Cinderella” with Callum Best, “Snow White” with The Apprentice star James Hill and their latest production of “Peter Pan” with Another Levels Dane Bowers!
Holli Jo loves dancing and choreographing for Lee Kelly and LHK productions and looks forward to a bright future with the company.
Jade has been acting since a young age and having decided to pursue it as a career when she left school she went on to study a two-year national diploma in performing arts before attending a three year course in Liverpool John Moores University where she graduated in 2015 with a BA Hons in Drama.
Taking an interest in stage management while studying, Jade has been working with LHK Productions for the past 4 years working closely on producing the professional Pantomimes as well as working as stage manager for the youth shows within LHK Youth Theatre. This year Jade took on her debut role as co director on the youth show ‘A Night of Musicals’ alongside her good friend Claire Simmo who was directing. Jade will be travelling to New York in June where she will be working on camp as a co drama director for 3 months. She thoroughly enjoys working with LHK and all of the casts and production team and looks forward to managing the successful shows.
Michael Jones - Choreographer
Michael is Liverpool born and has worked for LHK Productions for many years now as well as LHK Youth Theatre which he performed in himself at since a young age also, LHK Christmas and Easter Pantomime as a Senior Dancer.
Michael trained and graduated from Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre where he gain his Advanced 2 qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern (ISTD) and also his Disco teaching qualification (ISTD). Michael graduated & was offered a contract with ‘Princess Cruises’ which saw him traveling around Australia and New Zealand for eight months.
Workshops & Rehearsals are based at St Monica’s Hall, Bootle, Liverpool.