Brixton’s Corpus Christi primary school has been shortlisted as a finalist in Virgin TV’s national Christmas Stars competition.
The winning school will have its Christmas play professionally filmed and shared with Virgin TV customers and will also receive £5,000. A runner up will be awarded £1,000. Twenty-two schools will get £100 for reaching the final stage of the competition.
The winning school will work with presenter Stephen Mulhern, who will play the role of narrator in a special performance. Results are expected in the week before Christmas.
Corpus Christi entered its magical nativity story which has a rhyming script and a cast of 115 children, including 24 narrators, three Marys and three Josephs.
Each of the 115 children has a line and gets to speak on stage. Corpus Christi has adapted its play over the years, recently adding the three Mary and Joseph parts so more children can play a lead role.
The children have learned 11 songs.
The Corpus Christ choir provided the musical accompaniment when the lights on Brixton’s Christmas tree were switched on on Friday.
A panel comprised of members of Virgin Media’s executive committee, Stephen Mulhern and Lisa Prime, BAFTA children’s events programmer, will select the winner and runner-up.
Virgin Media will film the winning school’s production and make it available, on demand, to millions of Virgin TV customers.