Registration Open NOW For Our 2017 Season!

Registration for our 2017 season is open NOW…we hope you’ll consider joining us next summer! Please read the following information before beginning the registration process.

CET’s 2017 Season runs June 26-July 29. Reserve your place now! CET spaces are filled on a first-received, first-reserved basis. Preference is given to returning students and their siblings through February 1. Registration forms will be accepted until program has reached capacity.

LOCATION – Howard Street Charter School, 710 Howard Street SE, Salem, Oregon.

WHAT IS CET? – Students involved in CET will have the exciting opportunity to participate in three classes that include acting, music, dance, technical theatre, stage combat, improvisation and more. 2017 class decisions are currently being made and will be revealed in the spring when we have sign ups, but click here for the 2016 class descriptions if you’d like an idea of what we offer. Students enrolled in our performance program (Levels 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. 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 CET 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 in the registration form).

PARENT SERVICE COMMITTEE – Review the list to determine which committee you would like to serve on. See Parent Service Information on the registration form for buy-out option. Each participant serving parent service hours must have a current and approved background check on file.

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 4, 2017, between 12:00 noon and 2 p.m. in the Rose Auditorium Lobby at Howard Street Charter School. Talk directly with CET staff, parents and board members, get your questions answered and make your final payment.

TUITION – $545 for level 1 or 1A, $595 for level 2-7. See the Tuition section in our registration form for payment options. Please be aware that if payment is received after May 6, 2017, tuition will increase by $25 (from $545 to $570 for Levels 1-1A, from $595 to $620 for Levels 2-7). Please note that paying by check will help us avoid credit card fees. CET board members, staff and volunteers work year round to secure additional funds through grants, special events, our Fine Arts Night Auction and ticket sales to help offset the real cost of $750 per student for the CET program.

TUITION ASSISTANCE – Limited tuition assistance is available and we’ve created the Q scholarship fund, named after our founder, Phyllis Quanbeck, for the purpose of sharing the magic of CET with students of any background. Download the Tuition Assistance Form (English or Spanish) and apply by 5 p.m. April 9, 2017. Information will also be available at walk-in Registration on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 2 p.m. in the Rose Auditorium Lobby at Howard Street Charter School.

We provide both performance arts and technical arts programs (students must have completed indicated grades by June 2017):

The following levels are enrolled in our performance arts program:
Level 1 (NEW students who will have completed 3rd or 4th grade by June)
attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 1A (RETURNING students who will have completed 4th grade by June)
attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 2 (NEW students who will have completed 5th-8th grade by June) attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 3 (RETURNING students who will have completed 5th or 6th by June)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 4 (RETURNING students who will have completed 7th or 8th grade by June)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 7* (Any student who will have completed 9th-12th grade by June)
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 who will have completed 6th-8th grade by June)
attends Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm
Level 6* (any student who will have completed 9th-12th grade by June)
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

We will not be accepting credit card payments through BONZI, our online registration portal. You can still pay with a card, but you’ll do that using the “Pay Now” button on the CET website. However, to help avoid incurring credit card fees, payment by check is strongly encouraged.

Go to our registration page for links to either register online or to download a paper packet to fill out and mail in.

2017 class decisions are currently being made and will be revealed in the spring when we have sign ups, but click here for the 2016 class descriptions if you’d like an idea of what we offer.

When you register for our 2017 season by Monday, February 13th, you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to see the Fathom Events presentation of NEWSIES at Regal Santiam Stadium 11 at 12:55pm on Saturday, February 18th!

Contact Jodi:

Please consider a year-end gift to CET today!

Dear Friend of CET:

Microsoft Word - 2016 yr end on ltrhead .docx           It was my mom who took me to see plays when I was growing up. I guess with all the singing, dancing, yelling, and acting out of scenes I did when I was little, somehow she knew that I just might end up loving the theater.

            One night after we saw a play together, I specifically remember Mom asking me if I would be interested in doing something like what we saw on the stage. I promptly told her that being in a play was way too scary and I would never want to do that. But . . . she had a feeling. She signed me up to do musicals with a local theater company. It was great!

            And then, when I was 12 years old, my mom died of cancer. I was in the sixth grade.

            I was left devastated, lost, and confused. I began acting out in school and not getting along with classmates.

            That summer, my dad signed me up for CET.

            I remember the first day of CET vividly. I was terrified, mostly because I didn’t really know anyone there. But CET turned out to be one of the best things for me. The staff and students simply understood that everybody there came from a variety of backgrounds – even some who had faced tragedy.

            I found the safe haven in CET that I desperately needed. At CET I was able to transform myself into a different person for just a little while, and tell another person’s story. I loved every single second I got on stage. At CET I met friends, some who were there for just a season and others who will be friends for the rest of my life. The staff was so caring, and the community of students was so accepting, I simply felt safe.

            Through CET I found a love and a passion for theater. CET was a place where I was pushed to think outside of the box and where my love of theater was cultivated. After that first year, I was so excited to go back to CET the following summer.

            In high school I started doing as much theater as I possibly could. Because of that, I got the chance to work as a CET Teaching Assistant. I absolutely loved working with the kids! Each child I encountered came from a different background – some from tragic situations that I could understand.

            I know that:

  • CET is a safe place for kids, kids just like me who may not have an easy situation at home.
  • CET affirms that every student is extraordinary in his or her own way.
  • CET gives kids a huge boost of confidence that allows them to do anything they want to do.

            That is exactly what CET did for me.

            Microsoft Word - 2016 yr end on ltrhead .docxHere’s the cool thing: I am currently writing this letter in my dorm room at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Can you guess what I’m studying? You’re right! I’m a BFA Theatre Performance major. If I didn’t experience CET, I have no idea what path I would’ve taken. But I do know that I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to take part in a program that has led me to this point.

            When you donate to CET, sometimes you’re helping students like me find a place to work out their grief and to find their passion. Sometimes you’re helping a kid who just needs a safe place to express who they really are. Now that I’m pursuing my dream of becoming an actor, I’d like to personally thank everyone who has ever donated to CET. If I hadn’t received CET scholarships that you made possible, and if you hadn’t provided your financial support to make it happen, I never would have been able to participate in this life-changing program.

            Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU for making a difference in my life and in the lives of so many students. Your year-end gift can impact the lives of so many more kids. I urge you to make a donation today.

            Thankfully, my mom had a “feeling” that theater was right for me. I am so grateful that you and CET were there to pick me up and put me on that path.

            Have a wonderful holiday season!

            Olivia Nelson
            CET 2016 Teaching Assistant
            Belmont University, Class of 2020

P.S. You can also make a year-end gift to CET easily and securely right here at! Just click on the donate button!

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