School in running for festive TV play
ASOUTHPORT school’s Christmas play could be hitting millions of TV screens around the UK after being named as a finalist in Virgin TV’s Christmas Stars competition.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School entered its nativity into the competition and it has been shortlisted as a finalist.
That means the play could be filmed and made available to four million Virgin TV customers in the days leading up to Christmas.
The competition winners will work with TV entertainer Stephen Mulhern, who will join the cast as narrator for a oneoff performance.
The winning school will receive £5,000, while a runner-up will be awarded £1,000. Twenty-two schools will also be awarded £100 for reaching the final stage.
In its entry, the school said: “The gifts of peace, hope and joy, live in every girl and boy.
“In our play they are placed under the tree, as a reminder of what every Christmas should be.
“Our 38 special children shine like stars and they want to share the first Christmas story near and far.
“Virgin Media could make their dreams come true, telling them the news would be the best thing we could do.”
David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media, said: “A huge congratulations to Southport’s Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School for reaching the final stage of our magical Christmas Stars competition.
“The production has the perfect ingredients for a feel-good festive play which could be enjoyed by millions of Virgin TV customers this Christmas.
“We’ve now got the tough task of choosing a winner from our fantastic finalists – good luck Our Lady of Lourdes.”
Stephen Mulhern launches the Stars competition