A Night Out With CET


Purchase online or download an RSVP card here and mail it to the office.

qpaypalbuttonIf you are unable to attend the event, please consider sending a check or contributing online to The “Q” Scholarship Fund. This fund, in honor of Children’s Educational Theatre founder Phyllis Quanbeck, will provide opportunity to award 40 scholarships each year over the next five years. Thank you for your support!

Menu options from Amadeus Restaurant
Mushroom strudel, sauteed portabella and crimini mushrooms, onion, cranberries and pecans rolled in phyllo with Jack cheese, baked until golden brown and drizzled with balsamic vinegar or locally-grown grilled beef on a bed of spinach risotto.
Wine provided by Willamette Valley Vineyards, hard cider provided by Wandering Aengus Ciderworks and EZ Orchards and beer from Western Beverage Co.





$2500  (writer)
$1,000 (designer)
$500 (actor)
in-kind donations

Registration Now Open For All Students!

*NOTE! As of April 8, 2014, there are only a few spots left for Levels 2, 3 & 4! Register now to assure your child’s spot for the summer!

registeronline -OR-  downloadregistration

Tuition assistance application (English and Español)
Registration form translated to Español can be downloaded here.

The 2014 Course Catalog will be posted soon!

CET’s 2014 Season runs June 23-July 26. Reserve your place early! CET spaces are filled on a first received first reserved basis. Preference was given to returning students and their siblings through January, but is now open to new students. Registrations will be accepted until the program has reached capacity.

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.

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

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.

WALK-IN REGISTRATION – Students and parents are welcome to attend walk-in registration on March 1, 2014 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 - $500 for Level 1 or 1A, $550 for Level 2-7. See the Tuition section of the application for payment options.

TUITION ASSISTANCE – Limited tuition assistance is available. Information will be available at Walk-In Registration on Saturday March 1, 2014 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Rose Auditorium Lobby at South Salem High School or online. Apply by April 14, 2014. Click here to download the application.

We provide both performance arts and technical arts programs (students must have completed indicated grades by June 2014):

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
Level 2 (NEW 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade students)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 3 (RET 5th& 6th grade students)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
Level 4 (RET 7th& 8th grade students)
attends Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am-12:30pm, Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm
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!

Need to complete your background check?  Click here: Criminal History Background Check Packet then send the filled out form to Jodi at cetsalem@gmail.com or you can now submit a criminal history check online here.

Your Generous Donation Will Make An Impact In The Lives Of Children In Your Community

donatebuttonMake your tax-deductible donation before January 1, 2014 and help CET expand its reach by enriching kids’ lives through the theatre arts.

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible. We appreciate any amount you can give! Your donation of any size will be used to help pay for the summer program, talented teachers and teaching assistants, scholarships, plays, musicals, costumes, set design, audio and video equipment, and much more.

You can donate in several ways:
• Donate online.
• Send a check to:
     Children’s Educational Theatre
     710 Howard Street SE
     Salem, OR 97302
• Talk to your company about corporate sponsorship for CET.
• Donate up to $1000 to CET and match your donation through the Oregon Cultural Trust to qualify for an Oregon tax credit.


Final wrap up for 2013 CET season

Dear CET families,

We’ve just concluded another amazing CET season – our 39th as an organization – and once again we’re impressed with what a great job the entire CET family did this year. This includes the kids, parents, donors/sponsors, community members who attended our performances, teachers/directors, teaching assistants and staff. It truly is a team effort, and I want to extend my personal thanks to everyone.

Our productions were top notch this year, thanks to the performers, tech team, teachers/directors, and teaching assistants. Fine Arts Night and Gala were a perfect ending to the season, with the kids showcasing what they’ve learned in their classes. We so appreciate the critical support from parents and the community at our final celebration. Thank you, gala committee members, for all your hard work and dedication. It was a great evening!

Don’t forget to order DVDs of Fine Arts Night and also highlights of the season. An outside company did the filming and put together the DVDs. This company also is handling all orders, payments, mailing, etc.  Please contact the outside company – not CET – if you have questions or want to place an order. Here’s the information sent to us from the vendor:

DVD copies of the Couch Potatoes and Mid-Summer Festival plays (all in one DVD) are now available for pre-order from Contra Zoom Productions. Also available for pre-order is the 2013 CET Memory DVD, which will contain this year’s Fine Arts Night at the Elsinore Theatre, as well as a documentary featuring segments from each of this year’s plays, interviews with teaching assistants and cast members, and behind-the-scenes footage of CET life.

Individual DVDs will be priced at $15, bundles of 2 DVDs will be $25, and all 3 will be available for $30.

In addition, DVDs from 2012 are available, which includes Giraffes Can’t Dance, The Mid-Summer Festival plays (Friends Forever/Just So, It Happened/Everybody Knows That), 12 Resourceful Princesses, and the 2012 CET memory DVD. The 2012 DVDs  are on sale for $10 each. For more information, send an email to contrazoomproductions@gmail.com, or call Aidan Evans at 503-910-6811.

I’d like to especially thank this season’s parents, guardians and families. The parent service assignments and duties went off without a hitch – the smoothest we’ve experienced in recent memory. We understand being the parent/guardian of a CET student is a major commitment, and we really appreciate your time, dedication and commitment. We couldn’t do CET without you!

I also want to thank our fantastic sponsors, donors and grant-giving organizations. You helped make the season a smashing success – including helping us provide more than $7,800 in tuition assistance to 29 CET students.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing you for the 2014 CET season – our 40th as an organization. We’re planning a major community event this spring to commemorate our 40th year and to establish a permanent scholarship fund … so stay tuned.


Robert Salberg

P.S. – Please enjoy this last installment of the fabulous TA Diaries!

CET receives several grants to support program, scholarships

Children’s Educational Theatre is pleased to announce that it has received several generous grants from local organizations. The most recent two grants are the McNary High School’s Community 101 program and the Law Enforcement for Youth program. Thanks to their generosity, children, families and audiences throughout the Mid-Valley area will experience quality educational theater.   Read more.