Pupils can win Golden Tickets
PUPILS from five Co. Wexford primary schools will be using their writing skills to try to win a 'Golden Ticket'. The schools taking part are Horeswood NS, Our Lady's Island NS, The Faythe NS, Wexford CBS Primary and Gaelscoil Moshíológ, Gorey.
They were the schools chosen from a lottery at Wexford Opera House last week as the singers prepared for their first official day of rehearsal for the new comic opera The Golden Ticket, which is based on Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Five students from the lucky schools will win tickets to the European premiere on Sunday, October 17, as part of the 59th Wexford Festival Opera. The premiere is sponsored by Zurich, the insurance provider.
The Golden Ticket tells the story of Charlie Bucket, the boy hero, who lives in poverty with his aged and infirm grandparents and dreams of winning one of five golden tickets that Willy Wonka, the confectionary wizard, has hidden in his chocolate bars.
When Charlie wins one of the coveted Golden Tickets, he gets to choose one special person to take with him. Charlie instantly chooses his Grandpa Joe, who is Charlie's great inspiration.
Taking inspiration from their close relationship, students from the fourth, fifth and sixth classes of the five selected schools will write a short essay about what special person they would take with them if they won a 'Golden Ticket'. One winner from each school will be selected to receive a pair of tickets for the premiere, which will also be attended by Felicity Dahl, Roald Dahl's widow, and one of the co-commissioners of The Golden Ticket.
(See page 17 for more on The Golden Ticket)