Help Our Students Find Where They Belong!

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Dear Friends of CET:

You have helped me answer some of the big questions. 

     From a young age, I’ve struggled to answer many of the questions buzzing around my head. Though I found success in the classroom, I was burdened by the less academic problems like, “where do I belong?” or “what do I do to make people like me?” These ones hit me the hardest in elementary school, when I was killing report cards, but dying to fit in.

     My social angst inspired my mom to enroll me in CET just after I finished 5th grade. My closest friends had joined the program the year before, and Mom was hoping that the experience could help me connect with them and other kids my age. What she didn’t see coming was the connection that I would make with CET itself.

     When I arrived at Leslie Middle School that September, and found that it had no theatre program to speak of, my Broadway dreams were largely dashed. As a result, middle school was pretty tough for me. It also made the differences between my friends and me more apparent. I learned that I’d sooner be in a play than play soccer. I’d rather sing than Snapchat. And the nonstop gossip and popularity contests of middle school never held my interest (a result of the empathy CET had cultivated in me).

     So middle school was a slog for me; the same is true for many kids. But, lucky for me, I could always count on a season of CET to brighten my summer. I spent every school year longing for June, when CET would come back into my life. At CET, I was given the perfect chance to forget the prior year, free myself on stage, and be celebrated for being energetic, sensitive, and just plain weird!

     Even though I felt at home when I was at CET, I always wondered: “do I really belong here?” You helped me answer that question. The “glamorous” life of a CET staff member wasn’t mine to experience until after my freshman year at South Salem High School, when I became a Teaching Assistant. Being a CET TA blew my whole world wide open. I learned from that opportunity that I love both teaching and directing! I’ve been amazed to find that my pride for the work of one of my students can surpass my own onstage fulfillment tenfold.

      Your support of CET enabled me to find not only where I belong, but also where I’m going. My TA experience inspired me to join the Teacher Cadets program at South, where I learned even more reasons that teaching is right for me. Next September, I’ll be at OSU’s Honor College, studying theatre in hopes of becoming a high school drama teacher. But before I head off to college, I have one more summer at my long-time home; I’ll be returning for my final year as a CET TA! I’m really excited because I have my first opportunity to direct a production this summer!

     Thanks to your generosity, I’ve been able to explore myself in a healthy and positive environment. Without your support, I could never have answered the existential questions whose solutions now serve as the bedrock of my person. Your continuing support of CET makes it possible for me and so many others to find where we belong.

 Thank you so much!


Max Morter

CET Teaching Assistant, South Salem High School Class of 2017

P.S. Come check out the CET shows July 20-28, and see more kids who are having the big questions answered because of you.


You can make a secure gift to CET online — simply click our “donate now” button — or mail a check to us at:
Children’s Educational Theatre
710 Howard Street SE, Salem, OR 97302

Class Schedules

Class schedules for our 2017 CET season are coming together! They will be emailed to families along with information about the first day of CET on June 9th.
We were able to give most people their top choices, so we’re not expecting many requests, but from June 9th-16th, families may request schedule changes. Requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis during this time, but we can make no guarantee that any schedule changes will happen.
By June 23rd, all schedules will be finalized and printed…ready for the first day of CET!



Your purchase of a Legacy Brick will help to enrich kids’ lives through theatre arts! Our specially-crafted bricks are only $10 per person and we will commemorate your contribution by painting one name on each brick for the creation of our new Gateway To Creativity! All proceeds will support Children’s Educational Theatre!


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 until 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 course descriptions can be found here 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
WAITING LIST! 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
WAITING LIST! 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
WAITING LIST! 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. Please note that paying by check will help us avoid credit card fees.

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

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