Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School has been shortlisted as a finalist in Virgin Media’s The winning school now has the chance to have its festive play professionally recorded and televised to the nation this Christmas
TV presenter, Stephen Mulhern, will come to the winning school and narrate the play in person for a very special performance
Prizes include £5,000 and epic experiences thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical
A school in Horsham could see its Christmas play taken from the school hall to millions of TV screens across the UK after being named as a national finalist in Virgin Media’s Christmas Stars competition.
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School entered their festive play into the competition to find the UK’s best primary school play. The school now has the chance to have its play professionally filmed and televised to four million Virgin TV customers in the days leading up to Christmas.
As part of the money-can’t-buy-prize, the winners will work with TV presenter, Stephen Mulhern, who will join the school’s cast playing the role of narrator for a one-off performance.
The play that the school entered is a twist on Charles Dicken’s classic novel, ‘A Christmas Carol’.
In this contemporary version, Scrooge is transported back to the time of the dinosaurs, workhouse orphans, as well a lunar visit to the Moon to meet aliens. During his journey, Scrooge is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve who encourage him to change his ways.
In its entry, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School said they deserved to win because:
“We present A Christmas Carol – with a twist! Why not send the grumpy Mr Scrooge back to the time of the dinosaurs and then to another planet?
“QE2 School is a school who cater for students with profound and complex learning needs. Our students thrive through their creative arts studies and performances and come to life through their amazing and quirky performances! What a joyous way to celebrate Christmas with our very special young people.”
As well as being shortlisted to have its Christmas play televised on Virgin TV, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School is also guaranteed to win a prize.
The winners of the competition will unwrap £5,000 and receive unforgettable experiences thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit West End show, School of Rock the Musical. A class from the school will be invited to the show’s Gillian Lynne Theatre in London for an electric, rip-roaring performance masterclass from the cast. Afterwards, the children will also be treated to tickets to watch the blockbuster show and see the talented cast in action.
To keep the Christmas spirit going, School of Rock the Musical will generously give the winning school 10 ukuleles so they can strum their way into 2020.
And, as it’ll be the season of goodwill, there are plenty of other prizes. The runner up school will win £1,000 plus 15 ukuleles, while 22 regional finalists will win £100 and 2 ukuleles each.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media, said:
“A huge congratulations to Horsham’s Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School for being named as a finalist in our magical Christmas Stars competition.
“Its production has the perfect ingredients for a feel-good festive play which could be enjoyed by millions of Virgin TV customers this Christmas.
“Stay tuned to find out who will be our winner – good luck to everyone at the school!”
A panel of judges including Stephen Mulhern and representatives from Virgin Media and School of the Rock the Musical, will preside over the shortlist and select the winner, runner up and 22 regional finalists.
Virgin Media will then film the school’s production and make it available, on-demand, to millions of Virgin TV customers this Christmas.