Monday 28th September 2020

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Virgin Media's Christmas Stars Competition

The Virgin Media Christmas Stars Competition has now closed

Judging for the Christmas Stars competition is now in process. The judges for stage 2 are:
  • Jeff Dodds, Chief Operating Officer, Virgin Media
  • David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer, Virgin Media
  • Mine Hifzi, General Counsel, Virgin Media
  • Stephen Mulhern, TV presenter 
  • Principal artist from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical 
Virgin Media’s magical Christmas Stars competition is back for its second year, giving UK primary schools the incredible opportunity to have their Christmas play televised to the nation – narrated in person by TV’s Stephen Mulhern!
Virgin Media 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.
A magical story deserves a very special narrator - and Stephen Mulhern (our favourite presenter and magician) will join the winning school’s cast to help tell the story for a one-off performance. The winning school will unwrap a £5,000 cash prize, too!
Plus, thanks to our friends at Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit West End show, School of Rock the Musical, a class from the winning school will be invited to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London for an electric, rip-roaring performance masterclass from the cast. The children will also be treated to tickets to watch the blockbuster show and see the talented cast in action. Travel is included, and accommodation will be available if needed. The masterclass is open to a class of 28 children and seven chaperones.
To keep the Christmas spirit going, School of Rock The Musical will generously give the winning school 10 ukuleles so they can keep strumming first-class performances well into 2020.
And, as it’s the season of goodwill, there are plenty of prizes on offer for the runner up school and 22 regional finalists. The runner up school will win £1,000 plus 15 ukuleles, while 22 regional finalists will win £100 and 2 ukuleles each.
Last year, Pennine Way Primary School in Carlisle scooped the top prize with their Christmas play, ‘Robin Hood Saves Santa’, which was professionally filmed and made available to millions of Virgin TV customers over the festive period.  
The school had an unforgettable experience working with Stephen and having their play televised to the nation via Virgin TV.
Think your red-nosed reindeer, choir of angels and frosty snowmen have what it takes? Here’s what we’re asking of your little stars and their invaluable teachers!
Your show can be a traditional nativity or a brand new tale with dancing elves and reindeers – or anything in between!
This year you can also enter one of the fantastic festive shows available from Out of the Ark Music.
The production should have a script and be between 30 and 60 minutes long. The winning performance will be filmed at the winning school between Monday 2 December and Friday 13 December 2019. 
To enter, Virgin Media is asking primary schools to write no more than 150 words about why your school's Christmas play should be made available to its four million TV customers this Christmas and to provide a short synopsis of the play.
Please also upload an image or photograph promoting your Christmas play. It could be a photo of the cast at first rehearsal, or perhaps a poster designed to promote the production. 
The competition has now closed (as of 11.59pm on Tuesday 19th November 2019). 
Please click here to view the terms and conditions.