It’s never too early to get into the festive spirit and now there’s good reason – Virgin Media is on the hunt for the nation’s best school Christmas play.
The Virgin TV Christmas Stars competition is giving primary schools across the UK the chance to have their Christmas play produced for millions of TV viewers.
The company will film a special recording of the winning school’s festive production and make it available, via on-demand, to its four million Virgin TV customers in the days leading up to Christmas.
“School Christmas plays are some of the most heart-warming moments of the year and we want to share this magic with millions of our Virgin TV customers,” David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said. “Whether it’s a traditional nativity featuring Mary and Joseph or a new tale with a talking snowman, we want to take the UK’s best festive school play from the school hall into our customers’ homes.”
The winners will get to work with popular TV entertainer and magician, Stephen Mulhern, who will join the cast and play the role of narrator for a one-off performance – they’ll also receive £5,000 for the school. One runner up school will receive £1,000 and 22 schools will be given £100 for reaching the final stage of the competition.
“Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and I’m so excited to play the narrator in the UK’s best primary school festive play and to be able to share it with millions of Virgin TV customers this Christmas,” Stephen Mulhern said.
Schools can enter Virgin TV’s Christmas Stars competition via virginmedia.com/Christmas by answering the question: “Why should your Christmas play be made available to four million Virgin TV customers this Christmas?” and sending either a poster or image promoting their production.
Schools can showcase their pupils’ acting, singing and dancing talents by entering any type of Christmas production – from a traditional nativity to a contemporary tale. The production must have an original script and be between 30 and 60 minutes in length. The special performance will be filmed during the week commencing December 10th at the winning school.
A panel of judges comprising of members of Virgin Media’s Executive Committee, Stephen Mulhern, and Lisa Prime, BAFTA Children’s Events Programmer, who will preside over a shortlist of 24 entries (two entries representing 12 geographical areas which make up the UK) before selecting the overall winner and runner up.
For full terms and conditions, head to virginmedia.com/christmas