Plays Announced for the 2015 Season!

Our 3rd & 4th grade students are each cast in one of three plays that make up our Midsummer Festival. This year they will be TREASURE ISLAND, THE TREMENDOUS TRAVELING MELODRAMA & VAUDEVILLE SHOW and BOXES! This collection of plays shows back to back and the plays will be directed by Marian Scadden, Julianna Gibbons and Kary Flocker.


TREASURE ISLAND, humorously based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, boasts the usual characters such as Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver; and then there are some strangely-named pirates and others, such as Long John’s Parrot, Poly-Narrator. As Poly-Narrator says, “Do you know what it means when a performance is said to be based on the book? Not much, that’s what.”

THE TREMENDOUS TRAVELING MELODRAMA & VAUDEVILLE SHOW is about a traveling performing troupe that has come to town. The owners get everyone organized; the actors make some changes; the stagehands go spread the word through town; and the townspeople arrive. What a show as the villains take on the heroes and the vaudevillians perform in between acts!

In BOXES, the parents are at it again and they’ve kicked their kids out of the house to go play. Several groups of children are trying to think of something to do when they come across some boxes on the ground. For each group, the boxes become something different–canoes, race cars, rockets, etc. Ali sees it all and knows it’s imagination at its best!

Our high school, or Level 7 production, will be SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Jr. directed by Robert Salberg! The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series and pop culture phenomenon is now the basis for one of the most fun and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage.

schoolhouserockjrThis energetic musical follows Tom, a young school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

Our Park Play this year, directed by Cherie Ulmer and Lucas Hill, is an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s poem THE JABBERWOCKY!


THE JABBERWOCKY narrates a story of a little boy and his father. The boy’s father tells him about a dangerous creature called a Jabberwocky that has horrible teeth and claws that lurks in the woods. The son takes his famous menacing and sharp vorpal sword in hand and goes out in search of the creature.

The Traveling Show, directed by Jay Gipson-King and Nick Kintz, will be a delightful play called PRINCESS WHO?


PRINCESS WHO? is a fairy-tale mystery adventure and everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters are involved! When a girl wakes up in the forest, she has no memory of her past. She can’t remember where’s she’s from or how she got there. She can’t even remember her own name! As she makes her way through the Misty Forest, hoping to somehow find her way home, she meets several fairy-tale characters — Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and Rapunzel to name a few. Some are helpful and some dangerous, yet all have information that helps our fair maiden recall her own story.

The Library Show this year, directed by Sara Chaison, will be based on the classic children’s book CHARLOTTE’S WEB!


All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be a true friend. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship.

Director Deborah Johansen and Musical Director Jeff Witt will bring HONK! Jr. to the stage for our Musical production this summer!


Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, HONK! JR. is a heart-warming celebration of being different that is sure to delight with its sparkling wit and memorable score. Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on adventure of self discovery all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.

Orientation & Auditions May 2nd!


Click here for a preview of class choices available to your student based on school grade completed in June 2015 (they are not based on level). Our online class registration link will be emailed to families on Monday, May 4th. Please email Jodi at if you don’t see it by Wednesday, May 6th.

A few things to note as you peruse the available classes:

  • NEW vs. RETURNING students
  • Fees associated with Make-up Class
  • Classes marked FAN. FAN means this class will perform in our Fine Arts Night on Saturday, July 25th. If your student would like to be on stage in our Fine Arts Night final show, please choose at least one class with the FAN designation to ensure they have an opportunity to be on stage at this event.

Auditions for certain classes will be held during Orientation on May 2nd at 5 p.m. Classes that require an audition are Advanced Dance, Super Singers and Mime Troupe. You will be notified by email Monday, May 4th if your child has been placed in an advanced class.

We look forward to seeing you all at Orientation next Saturday May 2nd at Howard Street Charter School. New students should arrive at 3:30 p.m., returning students at 5:00 p.m.  

Here’s to a great CET season!


Registration Now Open!





It’s time to start registering for Children’s Educational Theatre! Yes, the 2015 summer season is almost upon us! We’re pleased to provide complete online registration – you can fill out and submit every form as well as pay online. We have been busy planning to provide your kids with the best season yet – including creative classes; a wide variety of productions; and a five-week program filled with friends, fun and a great educational experience!

GREAT NEWS! Though spots are filling up quickly, we’re thrilled to announce that we have enough middle school students interested to be able to increase enrollment and add another show! Space is limited, so spread the word and sign up today! (Please contact Jodi in the CET office at to sign up for Levels 2-4.)

CET’s 2015 Season runs June 22-July 25. Reserve your place early! CET spaces are filled on a first-received first-reserved basis. Preference is given to returning students and their siblings through January. Registrations will be accepted until the program has reached capacity.

LOCATION – South Salem High School 710 Howard Street SE, Salem Oregon

WHAT IS CET? – Students involved in CET will have the exciting opportunity to participate in 3 classes that include acting, music, dance, technical theatre, stage combat, improvisation and more. Students enrolled in our performance program (Level 1-4 & Level 7) will be cast in one of our productions (yes, everyone gets a role!). Students enrolled in our technical arts program (Levels 5 & 6) will be working behind the scenes to make the productions happen; this includes working on lighting, stage management, prop making and more. Students are also featured in our Fine Arts Night Showcase on the final night. CET’s success is based on everyone’s commitment to the program; attendance for the full five weeks is expected.

CALENDAR – CET is a family commitment – please review the calendar for the season to ensure availability. CET students are expected to attend all days and commit to the entire program (See policy for pre-excused absences on the top of the CET Calendar).

PARENT SERVICE COMMITTEE – Review the list to determine which committee you would like to serve on. One committee assignment per child, but serving as a committee chair counts as two assignments. See Parent Service Information form for buy-out option.

You may also download the Background Check Form from our FORMS page.

WALK-IN REGISTRATION – Students and parents are welcome to attend walk-in registration on March 14, 2015 between 10am-12pm in the Rose Auditorium Lobby at South Salem High School. Talk directly with CET staff, parents and board members – get your questions answered and make your final payment.

TUITION – $525 for level 1 or 1A, $575 for level 2-7. Students in Tech (levels 5 and 6) will have an additional $15 fee for supplies. Please note: If full payment is received on or before March 14, 2015, you will receive a $25 discount (L1 & 1A $500, L 2-7 $550). See the Tuition section on the registration form for payment options.

TUITION ASSISTANCE – Limited tuition assistance is available each year. The deadline has passed for 2015.

We provide both performance arts and technical arts programs (students must have completed indicated grades by June 2015):

NEW = Students new to CET
RET = Students returning to CET

The following levels are enrolled in our performance arts program:
Level 1 (NEW 3rd& 4th grade students) attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 1A (RET 4th grade student) attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Contact Jodi at Level 2 (NEW 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade students) attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Contact Jodi at Level 3 (RET 5th& 6th grade students)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Contact Jodi at Level 4 (RET 7th& 8th grade students)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Contact Jodi at Level 7* (Any student 9th-12th grade)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm

The following levels are enrolled in our technical arts program:
Level 5 (Any student 6th-8th grade) attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 6* (any student 9th-12th grade) attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm

Tech students will be required to work for a total of 15 hours during the evening work sessions at CET.

*Students enrolled in Level 6 & 7 can earn ½ high school credit by participating in CET

Your Donation Means The World To Our Kids!


By supporting Children’s Educational Theatre, you make it possible for every kid’s creativity to be unleashed. You remind them that they can learn, not just by taking a test, but by getting up on a stage and delivering their lines with gusto or figuring out how to maneuver lighting to create a mood. You help them become extra ordinary!

paypalSo please, CONSIDER A DONATION TODAY! Fill out the card you received in the mail or click here to send your gift online… we even have options to give an amount of your choosing as a recurring monthly payment! Your donation will go a long way in building self-confidence and teaching unforgettable life lessons for every child involved in this exceptional program. THANK YOU!!


That’s A Wrap For The 2014 CET Season!


Dear CET families,

Our 40th CET season has come to a close and wow, did we ever celebrate in style! I am incredibly impressed with what an amazing job the entire CET community accomplished this year. This includes the enthusiasm of the kids, the dedication of the parents, the generosity of our donors and sponsors, the support of every community member who attended our performances, the commitment of our board members, the passion of our teachers and directors and the charisma of our TAs and staff. It is undeniably a team effort, and I want to extend my personal thank you to each and every person who contributed to this season’s success.

Our productions were outstanding this year, and our showcase on Fine Arts Night was, as always, the perfect grand finale and a terrific way for our students to share what they’ve learned in their classes. What a tremendous evening!

We understand being the parent or guardian of a CET student is a major commitment, and we really appreciate your time and energy. We couldn’t do it without you! This year’s eager parent committees did such an extraordinary job at keeping up with our fast pace and our sometimes herculean tasks. Thank you for going above and beyond to help create a memorable season for over two hundred kids!

We were so thrilled with the success of our Night Out With CET fundraising event last April. Including a remarkable $25,000 matching grant from Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards, it generated over $70,000 for our “Q” Scholarship Fund, and we have already been able to increase the number of families who benefit from tuition assistance, making Children’s Educational Theatre accessible to a diverse group.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we hope to see many of your smiling faces throughout the year. Please plan on joining us for our September 2nd fundraiser at the Pentacle Theatre for their production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown… it features the talents of many familiar faces both on stage and off!

Only three hundred and twenty-one days until our 2015 season!

Robert Salberg, Executive Director

Thank You To Our Incredible 2014 Sponsors!

Thank you to our incredible 2014 Sponsors!
Helping To Enrich Kids’ Lives Through Theatre Arts


Grants Awarded From

Meyer Memorial Trust
Oregon Community Foundation

Salem Foundation

Producer $1000


Director $500

Childhood Health Associates
Eye Care Physicians and Surgeons
FXG Construction
Valley Mental Health
The Historic Grand Theatre (in-kind)

Playwright $250

Crowell Law
Greenridge Design and Construction
Olsen Design and Development
VIDA Integrative Medicine

Actor $100

Capstone Wealth Advisors
Doty, Pruett & Wilson, PC
Gayle’s City Market
Grand Hotel of Salem
Just Bucket Excavations
MBC/Haven Gaming
Miller Orthodontics
Normandy Guitars
VIP Strings

Our Night Out With CET Event Sponsors

$25,000 Matching Grant Awarded From
Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards

$2500  (writer)

$1000 (designer)
$500 (actor)
in-kind donations