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 cetsalem@gmail.com 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 cetsalem@gmail.com 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 cetsalem@gmail.com 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 cetsalem@gmail.com Level 3 (RET 5th& 6th grade students)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Contact Jodi at cetsalem@gmail.com Level 4 (RET 7th& 8th grade students)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Contact Jodi at cetsalem@gmail.com 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