Monday mornings are usually quiet at CRT; the lights are out and company members are enjoying their day off. Yet this Monday, quite a surprise arrived in the mail – a check from Johnny Depp to support CRT’s education programs!

So, what’s the story behind this unexpected gift? It can all be attributed to three resourceful kids from Carrollton, Texas and a lemonade stand. On June 21st and 22nd, Mary Beltran (age 12), Ryan Wilcocks (age 13), and Matt Wilcocks (age 16), with the help of their parents and South Fork resident Sharon Thompson, set up a lemonade stand in front of Mountain Man Rafting to raise money for Creede Rep’s children’s programs. Over the course of two days, they raised $500.12 for CRT.

That Friday happened to be The Lone Ranger’s final day of filming in Creede. In the evening, Mr. Depp spent three hours visiting and signing autographs at Creede’s Town Hall. When they finally reached the front of the line, Mary, Ryan, and Matt shared with Mr. Depp their successful efforts in raising money for the Theatre. Johnny was so impressed by their ingenuity and generosity, he told them he’d match their gift to CRT. That gift arrived on Monday!

Please join us in thanking Mary, Ryan, and Matt for helping perpetuate generosity. You are, as Tonto would say, our kemosabe.

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