It’s Giving Tuesday!


Please consider joining us this week in support of #GivingTuesday 2016 and help to make a difference in the life of a child!

Give back to your community on November 29th!

givingtuesday2Children’s Educational Theatre has joined #GivingTuesday, a one-of-a-kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. We hope that #GivingTuesday will inspire you to take collaborative action to improve your local community. By giving back in better, smarter ways to support your favorite educational non-profit, Children’s Educational Theatre, you know that you’re giving children in our community the opportunity to thrive and become self-confident in a fun and nurturing environment.

How can you help?

1. Share about Children’s Educational Theatre and #GivingTuesday on Facebook and Twitter!

2. Help make a difference in the life of a child by sending your donation to Children’s Educational Theatre on #GivingTuesday! Mail your donation or click here to make a gift to Children’s Educational Theatre onlineThe rewards are countless!

Christmas Tree Fundraiser

vitaespringsfundraiserWant to celebrate the season with a beautiful Christmas tree from Vitae Springs Christmas Tree Farm? The Little family has once again offered to donate $5 from every tree sold to Children’s Educational Theatre when you bring in this flyer or mention it at the time of purchase!

Vitae Springs is open Saturdays & Sundays from 10am until dusk from November 26th through December 18th at 6057 Vitae Springs Lane South. Visit for more information.

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 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

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!