That’s A Wrap For The 2014 CET Season!

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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!

Sincerely,
Robert Salberg, Executive Director

Friday, July 25th

aslapplauseHuge Shout Out To Our ASL Interpreters!

We have been so lucky this season to have the enthusiastic support of Pamela and Edwin Cancel, ASL interpreters who were present for many of our performances this year. They are truly a dynamic duo, and we are so grateful to have had them join us!

Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out our parent survey online. It will be available through Sunday, July 27th. Your feedback is incredibly helpful to our staff and board as we prepare for next season!

calendar_7-26Our Mime Troupe Will Perform At Northern Lights Theatre Pub Saturday Morning!

Join our Children’s Educational Theatre Mime Troupe at Northern LIghts Theatre Pub at 11AM on Saturday morning for the season’s final performance. It is part of the Double Play Saturday… for $11, you will get to see the Mime Troupe, eat a pizza lunch and watch Rio 2!

Our Fine Arts Night Concludes the Summer Season Each Year!

This the final evening for Children’s Educational Theatre — the evening includes a fun, relaxing silent auction and performances showcasing all of the CET students.

Fine Arts Night will be on Saturday, July 26th at the Elsinore Theatre in downtown Salem.

6:30PM Doors Open & Silent Auction Begins
7:30PM Performance Begins

CET logoThere will be a no-host bar the evening of the event and complimentary coffee/juice and dessert will be served during intermission. Individual tickets are available for $10 each or we have a $35 pass for a family of four. Tickets and passes can be purchased at the door on Saturday night or at our ticket table in front of the Rose Auditorium on CET weekdays from 8:30-9:00AM or 12:00-12:30PM or by contacting Jodi in the office at cetsalem@gmail.com.

CET students will be performing and do not need a ticket. They are expected to arrive at the Elsinore by no later than 7:00PM on Saturday evening. Please be sure they’ve eaten a healthy dinner beforehand. We expect the evening to wrap up around 10:00PM and students are required to follow the check-out process at the end of the night. Thank you for lending us your talented, charismatic, enthusiastic kids these past several weeks!

Thursday, July 24th

Download the Schedule for the Last Two Weeks Here!

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Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out our parent survey online. It will be available through Sunday, July 27th. Your feedback is incredibly helpful to our staff and board as we prepare for next season!

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Closing Ceremonies

You are welcome to join us in the Rose Auditorium on Friday, July 25th from 11AM-12:30PM. We will be handing out awards and the TAs will bombard us with their talent!

flashmobclassCET’s Flashmob Class is Out and About on Friday Afternoon!

Because the very nature of a flashmob involves a surprise attack, we don’t want to publicly disclose where and when our CET Flashmob Class will be entertaining the community. However, if you’d like in on the secret so that you can support our students, please contact Cherie and she’ll whisper it to you!

Wednesday, July 23rd

Download the Schedule for the Last Two Weeks Here!

Parent Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out our parent survey online. It will be available through Sunday, July 27th. Your feedback is incredibly helpful to our staff and board as we prepare for next season!

Thank you to YTP!

NewSalemYTPTeamPicCET was treated to shave ice from the YTP Real Hawaiian Shave Ice folks on Tuesday afternoon! YTP, or Youth Transition Program, prepares youth with disabilities for employment or career related post secondary education or training. Thank you to Katie Burton for arranging this special event for our students! For more information on this Salem-Keizer school district program, please visit their website at www.ytporegon.org.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. Takes the Stage Thursday and Friday!

Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be performed at 7:30PM on Thursday and Friday nights in the Rose Auditorium at South Salem High School. Join us for this spectacular musical extravaganza!

midsummerplaysWednesday is your final chance to catch our Mid-Summer Festival performances at 6:30PM. Originally scheduled in the Courtyard, today’s rain has moved the plays indoors to the Rose Auditorium.
- Cast will meet in their classrooms at 5:30PM for call time
- Performers need to stay with their casts after performance and NOT leave to sit with their parents
- Performers need to stay until the end of ALL plays, because there is required clean up

Wednesday at 7PM and Thursday at 2PM are the final two performances of Henry and Ramona in Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library. Tickets are free, but they must calendar_7-24be picked up at the front desk of the library on the day you plan to watch the show.

Thursday afternoon at 2:30PM is your final chance to see our Level 7 students perform Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at the Lancaster Mall.

Our Fine Arts Night Concludes the Summer Season Each Year!

This the final evening for Children’s Educational Theatre — the evening includes a fun, relaxing silent auction and performances showcasing all of the CET students.

Fine Arts Night will be on Saturday, July 26th at the Elsinore Theatre in downtown Salem.

6:30PM Doors Open & Silent Auction Begins
7:30PM Performance Begins

CET logoThere will be a no-host bar the evening of the event and complimentary coffee/juice and dessert will be served during intermission. Individual tickets are available for $10 each or we have a $35 pass for a family of four. Tickets and passes can be purchased at the door on Saturday night or at our ticket table in front of the Rose Auditorium on CET weekdays from 8:30-9:00AM or 12:00-12:30PM or by contacting Jodi in the office at cetsalem@gmail.com.

CET students will be performing and do not need a ticket. They are expected to arrive at the Elsinore by no later than 7:00PM on Saturday evening. Please be sure they’ve eaten a healthy dinner beforehand. We expect the evening to wrap up around 10:00PM and students are required to follow the check-out process at the end of the night. Thank you for lending us your talented, charismatic, enthusiastic kids these past several weeks!

Monday, July 21st

Download the Schedule for the Last Two Weeks Here!

theatreetiquette_11x17A Very Timely Reminder About Theatre Etiquette!

Students and adults alike, please remember to be respectful of those on stage as well as
those in the audience whenever you are attending a play or other special event! Phones and other distractions should always be turned off or removed from the venue. Thank you
so much for your polite consideration!

calendar_7-21Please Check The Calendar Each Day!

There is so much to keep track of, but we hope we’ve made it easier with our handy calendar… be prompt when dropping off kids or arriving for committee duties and we will continue to run like a well-oiled machine!

A Note From Beauty and the Beast Director Robert Salberg

Tuesday, July 22nd – musical cast will be released at 4PM
Wednesday, July 23rd – musical cast will be released at 5PM (no earlier than 4PM)
Thursday, July 24th – musical cast will be released early at 12:30PM

Make-up call times are as follows:
Thursday morning, July 24th – 7:45AM
Thursday evening, July 24th – 5:00PM
Friday evening, July 25th – 5:00PM

Keep up the great work!

calendar_7-22Henry and Ramona & our Mid-Summer Festival Plays begin tomorrow, July 22nd!

Henry and Ramona will be performed in Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library at 2PM on Tuesday, July 22nd and Thursday, July 24th as well as at 7PM on Wednesday, July 23rd. Tickets are free, but they must be picked up at the front desk of the library the day that you plan to watch the performance (i.e. you cannot pick up tickets for Thursday until Thursday). We hope to see you there!

The Annual Conference of the Genii in Regards to the Peculiar World of Humans, It Could’a Been and Ruby Lou and the White Gold Saloon are the three plays that make up our Mid-Summer Festival. They will be performed consecutively at 6:30PM on Tuesday, July 22nd and Wednesday, July 23rd in the Courtyard at South Salem High School. The easiest access to the Courtyard is through the parking lot on the south end of the high school off of Rural Street. Here is a map to share with your family and friends who plan to attend!

The Latest Installment of the TA Diaries!

Wednesday, July 16th

The Schedule for the Last Two Weeks!

You can download the Schedule for the Last Two Weeks here. While we do our very best to stick to this schedule and provide accurate information, please understand that some last-minute changes may be necessary to accommodate the many productions and events we have planned. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!

Today’s Lockdown

You should have received an email from the CET office today about a lockdown situation at the school. We just want to clarify that while we didn’t believe our students were in any danger, we wanted to take precautionary measures and chose to keep them in the building until we had an all clear. The alert involved a nude male who was walking through the neighborhood near South Salem High School. Thank you for your patience with any delays in the schedule. We hope you understand that protecting your kids is a priority to us! 

Mid-Summer Performances

Next Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s performances of The Annual Conference of the Genii in Regards to the Peculiar World of Humans, It Could’a Been and Ruby Lou and the White Gold Saloon will take place in the South Salem High School Courtyard at 6:30 p.m. Here is a copy of the map to help you easily find the courtyard. Please let any friends and family who plan to attend know that the easiest access is from Rural Street and the parking lot located near the South Salem High School gym and overlooking the track.

Improv Night on Thursday!

calendar_7-17Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17th in the Rose Auditorium for CET’s Improv Night, one of the most anticipated evenings among CET students and seasoned parents. This event is free, but we will be accepting donations for our scholarship fund, so please consider bringing a little cash to continue to help make Children’s Educational Theatre accessible to all families! Reminder: students who are in the Improv class need to arrive by 6 p.m. and meet in Hannah’s classroom!

Friday Dismissal

All students need to wear their CET T-shirts on Friday, July 18th! We will all be walking to the Art Fair to watch the Park Play performance of What Do You Say, Dear? at noon on the mainstage. Once the performance ends, all students must return to CET for dismissal between 12:45-1:00 p.m. Park Play students will return to CET as close to 1:00 p.m. as possible and must check out with costumers and directors before being dismissed. Travel Show students will stay for rehearsal and Level 7 students have a 1:30 p.m. cast call at The Grand Theatre for their 3 p.m. performance.

Individual Production Posters Available to Purchase

small_individualproductionpostersWe have a limited number of 8.5×11 posters of each of the productions available to purchase at our ticket table on CET weekdays from 8:30-9:00 a.m. or 12:00-12:30 p.m.. We will take pre-orders once the available posters have sold. They are $3 each and your kids will love to have them as a commemorative reminder!

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Tuesday, July 15th

Download the Schedule for the Last Two Weeks Here!

THANK YOU To Our Generous Sponsors!

We are so appreciative of the support that Children’s Educational Theatre has received over the years from the community. Please take the time to check out our Sponsor page and look through our playbill. There are so many wonderful businesses and individuals who have donated so that we can create a successful program!

Gift Card Donations

Thank you to those who have already donated! Please continue to send your kids in with gift cards worth $5-$10 each for our Fine Arts Night and they will be entered into a drawing to win cool prizes! Think about your favorite local hotspots and businesses that you frequent. We gave away the first prize in our drawing last week and will choose another winner this Thursday!

Still Need Shoes?

Some of our students are still in need of shoes for their production. We’ve heard that one of the promising potential places to check is with Tippy Toe Dance Store at 354 Belmont St. NE. They have character shoes in stock or can get them faster than ordering online from somewhere else. Give them a call with any questions at 503-339-7650.

Take Note!

With productions coming up quickly, many shows have some longer rehearsals scheduled. For example, on Wednesday and Thursday this week, both the Park Play and Level 7 shows have afternoon rehearsal from 1:00-3:30pm. Please be sure to check the calendar and your specific production notes and committee assignments for updates!