We want every kid to have the opportunity to create a lifetime of CET memories and experiences!

Dear CET Friends:

             Every time I read their scholarship requests, I am humbled. 

mary_joseph           For the past five years I have served on the Tuition Assistance Committee for Children’s Educational Theatre. Our committee receives and reviews many applications from parents and their children who want to be a part of CET. These families are hoping to be awarded enough scholarship money to receive the amazing gift of a summer at CET.

Sometimes they just need a little help. Others need more.

The reasons a family needs a CET scholarship are numerous: a struggling single parent, unexpected health costs, parents who work minimum wage, the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, the need is increasing each year. CET is committed to making sure that families that need financial help have the chance to get a scholarship.

We want every kid to have the opportunity to create a lifetime of CET memories and experiences.

This year we asked kids who needed a scholarship to tell us why they wanted to participate in CET:

From a ten-year old boy:
“I want to do CET because I want to be an actor when I grow up. I also want to learn to act for my future career because my friend Joseph does it and I’ve enjoyed watching the plays.”

From a teenager:
“…Last year’s experience with acting is something I will never forget and I can’t wait to make new memories this year.”

From a sixth grader:
“CET is my favorite time of the year. It’s a time when I can sing and dance without question from on lookers. I can’t do that much because my school doesn’t offer a musical program.”

You can be a part of making a kid’s summer incredible.

If you are receiving this letter, it’s because you are already an important part of what makes CET so special. It’s the community of people like you that lend their hand and donate so generously to our children in need.

You are the person that will help a child have the opportunity…

             • to be in a program of acceptance;
             • find a place to make friends; and,
             • make magic happen every time he or she stands on the stage

I know what an impact CET has had on my own two children. They are the awesome people they are today, in large part because of their summers at CET.  We are hoping to raise $5,000 this year – and we are so close to reaching our scholarship goal. (Seriously, just another $500 and we’re there!)

Your contribution to the CET “Q”* Scholarship Fund will make it possible for another kid—like mine— to have an unforgettable summer experience.

Thank you, in advance for contributing generously to the CET “Q” Scholarship Fund. What a gift you’re giving!






Mary Graney
Chair, CET Board of Directors

*named in honor of CET founder Phyllis Quanbeck

P.S. We’ve just come off of a fabulous 2016 season. Take a look at cetsalem.org or “like” us on our Facebook page to see CET kids in action!

P.P.S. You can make a secure donation to the “Q” Scholarship Fund today at cetsalem.org

Thank You For Another Wonderful CET Season!

What a sensational, whirlwind five weeks it’s been! Congratulations to EVERY ONE OF YOU for letting your freak flags fly, stepping out of your comfort zone and into the spotlight, whether behind the scenes or in front of an audience, with all of your hearts and souls. Directors, TAs, students, teachers, parents, families, friends, community members & board members have given so much to keep the gathering momentum of this amazing program above and beyond measure for the past five weeks. What a stupendous gift you all have provided!

Please be on the lookout for an announcement about ordering the 16×24” photo collages from each of our productions. They’ll look something like this:
SchoolHouseRock_PhotoCollageAnd please check out this and all of the other music from our talented Songwriters Workshops here!

 See you next year!

Friday, July 22

What a slew of fantastic shows and performances this week! From Tales From 5 Continents…


to The Comedy of Errors or All’s Well That Ends Well…


to our three wonderful Midsummer Festival Show…

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to our big stage musical production of Shrek The Musical Jr.!


We have one more showing of Shrek tonight at 7PM in the Rose Auditorium at South Salem High School and then on Saturday evening, our Fine Arts Night grand finale will wrap CET up nicely with celebratory pizzazz!


Wednesday, July 20


Fine Arts Night is a fantastically celebratory evening of entertainment and the culmination of our sensational season! While the big productions tend to take center stage all week, Fine Arts Night is an opportunity for families and friends to experience the skills that our students have learned in their CET classes. It involves song and dance, stage combat, mime, ASL theatre, Shakespeare and more! Performances begin at 7PM.

It’s also one of Children’s Educational Theatre’s biggest fundraising events of the year and allows us to keep tuition costs down for our first-rate, phenomenal  and uniquely exemplary program! So, please plan to arrive at the Elsinore at 5:30PM to check in, get a bidder number, mingle with your favorite CET families and keep an eye on your favorite auction items. Back by popular demand this year are the Wine Ring Toss, the limited $42 for 42 Years drawing to win either CET Tuition for 2017 or a pair of Pentacle Theatre season tickets and the 50/50 raffle where your ticket enters you for a chance to win half the pot… only $5 for one ticket or three for $10! Plus, as always, we’ll have brilliant brimming baskets to bid on, hand-built props from our tech crew and memorabilia from our 2016 season! You do not want to miss this shindig!


Tickets are available now and when you purchase them in advance, it will help lines move quicker the night of the event. Pick them up at the ticket table before or after class this week or at the door of our Midsummer Festival or Musical. They are $10 for adults and $5 for non-CET students. Current CET students, whether they are performing or not, will be admitted for free if they are wearing their CET t-shirt and should join their friends up in the balcony at 6:30PM.