Liberty X pop singer Kelli Young is the latest star signing to the cast of this year’s panto in Chesterfield.
Kelli plays Tiger Lily in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan which runs at the Pomegranate from December 2 to January 2.
Sam Attwater (EastEnders and Dancing on Ice champion) will play the dastardly Captain Hook.
Originally from Derby, Kelli began treading the boards at a young age, appearing in Mother Goose, Jack & The Beanstalk and A Chorus Line all for Derby Playhouse. Like Sam, Kelli then went on to train at Italia Conti, aged just 16.
During her performance training Kelli continued her professional career appearing in the musical Poison at London’s Tricycle Theatre. She then moved on to TV and film appearing in Akka & Me for the National Film School as well as appearing as Aneela in the CBBC drama, Budz.
Aged 18, Kelli entered the TV talent show Popstars where she made it to the final 10 contestants, subsequently forming the pop group Liberty X. Co-writing their first top 5 hit “Thinking It Over”, she then went on to have a string of top 10 hits with the group, including the smash hit no.1 single, “Just A Little”. Liberty X enjoyed chart success in many countries across the globe, had a sell-out UK tour and won awards including a Smash Hits Award, a BRIT Award and an Ivor Novello Award.
Away from the group Kelli presented for MTV, VH1, ITV and the BBC, interviewing Britney Spears amongst many other stars on the popular SM:TV. She also made numerous solo TV appearances on shows including Celebrity Mastermind, The Weakest Link, Total Wipeout and Pointless.
In 2013, after taking a career break to have a family, Kelli re-joined Liberty X for ITV hit show The Big Reunion, enjoying two sell out UK tours as part of the line-up.
Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “With their combined acting, dancing and singing talents Sam and Kelli really are the perfect triple threat! Their showbiz experiences in television, in sell-out concerts and treading the boards give them the perfect flair to star in the swashbuckling favourite pantomime Peter Pan.”
Tickets are on sale now for The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, available from the box office, tel. 01246 345 222 and online www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.