Sisters Larissa and Nadine Greenhalgh are off to see Oprah in Sydney.
Sisters Larissa and Nadine Greenhalgh are off to see Oprah in Sydney.

Off to the Sydney Oprah House

IN her hot little hand, Larissa Greenhalgh holds two of the hottest tickets in the world right now.

That’s right – tickets to the Oprah Show at the Sydney Opera, or ‘Oprah’ House, next month.

And in an act of sisterly love, Larissa will take her sibling, having entered her as her guest in the ballot.

To gain tickets to the show, people had to register their name in a ballot, and the on Sunday night, 3000 names were selected at random.

Nadine is a little bit more excited about attending the show than Larissa, and made sure her sister put both their names in the ballot back in September.

“I was in Ballarat at the time, so Larissa had a fair few phone calls to make sure she had done it, and put my name down too,” Nadine said.

The pair has booked accommodation and flights, and plans on leaving work early to get to the show.

“We are staying right across from the Opera House so the excitement will be intense once we get there,” Nadine said. “We are just hoping our flights won’t get delayed because there is a strict time frame of when you can pick up the tickets.”

The trip will be fairly special for Nadine and Larissa, as it will be one of the last things they do as sisters for about a year.

“Nadine is moving to England for a year almost exactly a month after we go down to see the show, so it is kind of special,” Larissa said.

While Oprah, known as the queen of day time television, is known for giving gifts to audience members, Nadine isn’t counting on getting anything.

“I figure there are going to be 6000 people in the audience between both of the shows, so the likelihood of us getting anything is pretty slim,” she said.

“Seeing her live will be well worth the trip though and so good.”

Taxpayers will contribute $1.5 million in federal funding and about $2 million from the NSW Government’s coffers. Former tourism boss John Brown yesterday praised the promotion as an opportunity to match the buzz of Paul Hogan’s “shrimp on the barbie” campaign. It is the first – and possibly last – Oprah will take the program outside of North America, in a coup aided by her friend and Qantas ambassador John Travolta.


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