SKETTY primary school pupil Cai Thomas is set to hear his Christmas wish come true when his festive song takes centre stage in the city centre next weekend.
Cai Thomas, aged nine, composed a song which is now going to be part of the thrilling Santa adventure being played out on Swansea’s Princess Way and Kingsway on November 18 as the launch pad for this year’s Christmas lights countdown.
Santa’s Time Travelling Adventure also features an appearance by West End star Christina Modestou and a host of local choirs and dance troupes which kicks off at 4pm on Sunday November 18.
Local people will also be playing their part as elves in the procession featuring four all-singing, all-dancing stops along the way.
Swansea Council has engaged Eureka Wales, a Swansea based arts and entertainment company with a reputation for delivering local and global entertainment programmes to help deliver the programme for this year’s event.
Paul Lee of Eureka, said: “We couldn’t believe our luck when Cai offered his help. Everyone has their favourite Christmas singalong-song and we wanted a new one especially for Swansea.
“We were so taken with his song that we arranged for a session at a recording studio. And it’s now going to be part of Santa’s Time Travelling Adventure. It’s a dream come true for us.”
The Eureka team took Cai, nine, and his older brother Deian, aged 11, to Zen8 Studios in Cwmbran where they worked with producer Matt Bond to apply a final polish to the song.
Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Innovation, Regeneration and Tourism, said it was great news to know so much local talent is featuring in the procession.
He said: “The Christmas lights switch-on is one of the biggest city centre events of the year and it’s brilliant to know that so many local people are taking a starring role in the show as well as coming along to watch the festivities
“Santa, of course, will be the biggest star but with all the local choirs, dancers and elves along the way as well, it promises to be well worth a watch.
“We are delighted to be working with Eureka Wales this year who has brought a new and exciting dimension to this popular annual event
Santa’s elves will have the chance to learn their routines at rehearsals on November 12, 14 and 16 at Brangwyn Hall with two of the world’s finest clowns Tom Doughty and Pepe Silva.
Also on the line-up are dance and theatre troupes including Rising Stars Theatre Company, Mellin Theatre Arts and Dani Dee School of Dance. They’ll be accompanying a procession of spectacles boasting amazing new technology and special effects designed to transport onlookers to Christmases past, present and future.
The singing and dancing is being choreographed by Nathan Clark who was Creative Director for the 2012 Olympic Games and recently completed his fourth series as Creative Director and choreographer for The Voice UK working alongside the likes of Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am.