Carrie Jo Vincent is retiring at the end of the school year, after spending 27 years in the North Clackamas School District

I wanted to send you a note of thanks. The "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" article was wonderful! The students really loved the purple ink. The entire article was truly delightful. 

COURTESY PHOTO - Wearing the iconic purple suit, Willie Wonka (Isaac Elmore) tips his hat in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'Also, the article was financially critical for us. The article really helped our first weekend ticket sales. Unlike some high school theatre programs, we have to self-support. The program lives or dies at the box office. Traditionally, our audiences wait until the second weekend. Thank the theatre Gods above, we had an outstanding first weekend; because, we did not get a second weekend.  We had to close an eight-show run five shows into the run.

But in those five shows, due to wonderful articles like yours, we cleared our show expenses, and the kids will have enough in the accounts to start a new production cycle next year.

I just wanted in this rough time for the arts to give you some good news and to personally thank you for using your artistic gifts to help the local and educational arts scene thrive.

A big thank you from me personally and from the cast and crew of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Drama teacher and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" director Carrie Jo Vincent will retire at the end of the school year, after spending 27 years in the North Clackamas School District.

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