The Golden Ticket

Of course I have one.

I got my Golden Ticket when the opportunity to re-start Kakao first dropped in my lap. A chocolate shop! Who wouldn’t want to have a chocolate shop? Making chocolates and candies and confections — and making people happy. I have the best job in the world.

The other Golden Ticket is the production coming next month at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. It’s based, of course, on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and of course it’s a family-friendly production that kids will enjoy. And as a matter of fact, it’s brand new — this is the world premiere, right here in St. Louis.

We at Kakao are proud to partner with the Opera Theatre to promote the production. We’ve been working with them for several years now, supporting their subscription drive each December with chocolate for subscribers. For The Golden Ticket, we’re making hundreds of golden-wrapped chocolate bars — and yes, some of them will have special tickets in them. (You’ll have to watch the Opera Theatre site to learn how to get them.)

We also hosted a videographer in the shop a few weeks ago who filmed our “rivers” of chocolate and caramel and marshmallow, to be projected on the stage backdrops as video scenery during the production.

And tonight Brian is part of a panel discussion as part of the Spotlight on Opera series, appearing with Peter Ash, the opera’s composer; Donald Sturrock, librettist; and James Robinson, OTSL artistic director. (I think the only reason they invited me was because I said I’d bring samples.)

“The Power of Chocolate: A Brief History and The Golden Ticket” is tonight, May 24, at 7:30, at the Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road. General admission is $10 and $5 for students, and tickets are available by calling the box office at (314) 961-0644.

The Golden Ticket opera itself only has six performances, so get your tickets early!

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2 Responses to “The Golden Ticket”

  1. Brian’s presentation was very informative & entertaining. Plus his specially crafted chocolate sample was wonderfully delicious! A semi-sweet dark chocalate bark with sea salt in honour of Veronica Salt, one of the “bad children” charaters in the opera. Bravo, Brian!

  2. Hi Brian, I sent you an email recently, did you get it?

    Cheers, Celia

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