English Lakes employs passionate people! Passionate about going the extra mile for our guests. This usually comes from a good work-life balance which allows time for other interests and hobbies. This time we meet…
Lee-Harry Hitchmough, The Midland
Lee-Harry Hitchmough is our wedding and events co-ordinator at The Midland – a perfect job for Lee as he has been hosting his own dramatic events for many years.
When did this passion begin?
I have been acting in plays since I was six year’s old. The first part I had was Joseph in the nativity school production. After that I would put a film on for the family and act out the entire film, word for word (I’m embarrassed when I think of it now!) Throughout my school years I was fully involved in dramatic arts, winning five awards, one each year of secondary school, for my contribution to drama. I continue to rehearse three times a week from September through to March in our local drama group. I also visit the theatre, usually every couple of weeks, in Lancaster, Manchester or London.
What Roles do you usually play?
Comedy or villainous roles are the ones I seem to play most, like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland or, most recently, Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Acting has made me more outgoing, confident and easy to approach – all qualities which are important in my role as event co-ordinator at The Midland.
The feeling on stage is hard to describe – it’s excellent when you receive the response you want from the audience. In Peter Pan, a young child in the audience ran off and started crying, so my Captain Hook must have been fairly authentic!
Give us a flavour of what you have been involved in?
I have been in many shows including Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Hans Christian Anderson, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, 7 Deadly Sins, Blood Brothers, Pinocchio, Grease. This summer I am due to be starring in a new pantomime which has been written by myself and 4 others which will be performed in Summer. I have performed in far flung places like Manchester, Wigan, Lancaster, Wales, Bolton and of course, Morecambe!
We hear you have a passion for Murder Mystery evenings?
The Midland regularly hosts Murder Mystery evenings with various themes performed by After Dark Murder Mystery Events. These are great fun to arrange and attend.
I have also hosted my own murder mystery evenings at home. These are usually for between six and eight friends. I start with a particular theme (the last one was set on the titanic’s sister ship, RMS Olympic). All the guests are given a character and an idea of how to dress and act. On arrival to my home champagne is served, guests mingle and talk amongst themselves (always in character!)
Alicia and Sarah from the kitchens at The Midland agreed to prepare a beautiful meal for us. We then sit down for a 3-course dinner and the evening really begins. Guests are given their own booklet which acts as a script and we read out certain pieces of information, all the time trying to discover who is the murderer. I am already planning the next one and the plot will be set in Egypt amongst the pyramids.
Are you as passionate as us? We have many other Passionate People working at English Lakes. Take a look at what some of our other team members get up to in their spare time .
- Written by +Tina Taylor