PITTSBURG — Golden tickets will be hidden throughout Pittsburg leading up to Pittsburg Community Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka” in July.
PCT’s Golden Ticket Giveaway began Monday, and each week through July 15, a golden ticket will be given away to a lucky child — just like in the book and film on which the play is based.
Each Sunday, PCT will announce a clue to that week's location via its social media and website at www.pctinfo.org. Children will have from Monday through Friday of that week to go to that location and add their names to a jar.
On Saturday, Willy Wonka will visit that location and draw the name of one winner, which will be announced in real time on Facebook Live. The process will be repeated each week until there are five golden ticket winners.
“We want as many people to see this show as possible,” Director Jason Huffman said. “The golden ticket is a running theme through the book and film, and the giveaway is a way for us to get people excited about the show.”
Anyone can purchase a ticket to see “Willy Wonka” July 20 through 23 at Memorial Auditorium, but the golden ticket gives children access to extra perks.
Each winner will receive two tickets in prime reserved seating to “Willy Wonka” at the showing of their choice, two backstage passes, photos on stage with the cast, a goody basket, a copy of the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and a ride in a tethered hot air balloon outside of Memorial Auditorium the day of the show. The hot air balloon is provided by local owner Rob Smith.
Huffman has directed nearly 20 shows for PCT and said he chose “Willy Wonka” for this summer production because of its beautiful music and its accessibility for the whole family.
“I love the story and the fantasy element of this giant chocolate factory,” Huffman said. “And it’s just a great family show. Not only is it fun, but it has a lot of lessons to teach.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.