Save The Date for CET Orientation!


What: CET Orientation
When: Saturday, May 7th
1:00PM new students (meeting/check-in)
2:30PM returning students (check-in)
Where: Howard Street Charter School

You will be receiving a packet in the mail with forms to go over and fill out. Please bring them with you to orientation. New students and their parents or guardians will get detailed information on the program. All students will pick up packets that include their CET t-shirt.

Middle school students who wish to audition for Super Singers, Mime Troupe or Advanced Dance will want to arrive as close to 2:30 as possible to get in line while your parents finalize your registration and pick up your packet!

CET Benefit Night at Pentacle Theatre on April 20th!

Please join us for a benefit performance of URINETOWN: The Musical on Wednesday, April 20th at Pentacle Theatre! All seats are only $30 each and proceeds directly benefit Children’s Educational Theatre. Reception in the Pentacle lobby at 6:30PM with the performance beginning at 7:30PM.

Purchase Tickets Online Here!


All tickets purchased online or through the mail will be held in will call the evening of the event.urinetown_poster

Directed by Katie Lindbeck
2003 Tony Award winner for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. Urinetown is satirical look at power, capitalism, bureaucracy, populism and politics and the musical as theatrical form. A 20-year drought causes a terrible water shortage, making private toilets unthinkable. A completely original, highly entertaining and unconventional show. — Music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann & Greg Kotis, & book by Kotis.
Many familiar CET faces including Robert Salberg, Deborah Johansen, Chance McCloud, stage manager Jill Sorensen, and costumers Susan Schoaps & Roxy Garrison!

Registration NOW OPEN!

dressup1It’s time to start registering for Children’s Educational Theatre! Yes, the 2016 summer season is almost upon us! We’re pleased to provide complete online registration. To pay online, please come back to and click the Pay Now button to pay through PayPal. 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!

Registration for our 2016 season is now open! Please read the following information before beginning the registration process.

CET’s 2016 Season runs June 20-July 23. Reserve your place now! CET spaces are filled on a first-received, first-reserved basis. Preference is given to returning students and their siblings up until February 1 when registration opens to new CET students. Registrations 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 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. 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 12, 2016, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm 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 for payment options. If full payment is received on or before March 12, 2016, receive $25 discount (L1 & 1A $520, L 2-7 $570). 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 off set the real cost of $750 per student for the CET program.

TUITION ASSISTANCE – Limited tuition assistance is available. Information will be available at walk-in registration on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Rose Auditorium lobby at Howard Street Charter School or online. Apply by April 8, 2016. Spanish version available here.

Spanish version available: CET 2016 Inscripción Temporada!




We provide both performance arts and technical arts programs (students must have completed indicated grades by June 2016):

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

Class selection and sign-up will take place online this spring. If you will need assistance with this, please contact CET.

QUESTIONS? – Contact Jodi at

Have You Ever Felt Quirky or Different?‏

There’s still time for you to make your quirky gift that will benefit all the kids at Children’s Educational Theatre!

At CET I get to teach and work with some amazing young people. Many of them could be called “quirky” and “different.” That’s exactly why I love them!

So I wonder who I should tell you about…

The quiet boy in my costume class who intentionally wore clothing that wasn’t part of the CET dress code? He knew I’d help keep him out of trouble every day by taking him to the costume room so that he could wear cowboy boots or a furry vest. He wanted to feel special each and every day. And you made that happen.

Or, maybe I should tell you about the girl who appeared to be angry, withdrawn, and who didn’t want to be in my puppet class. She thought making a “death puppet” would be a great way to make the class upset and uncomfortable. But should I tell you that I told her how much I loved her work, just the way it was? How I told her it was full of feeling and truth and expression…and that the other kids in class agreed with me?

And guess what?

She opened up and became someone the other kids looked to for courage to be themselves. You made that possible.

These are just some of the kids who are shy or who don’t want to be on stage. Yet there they are, in the warm embrace of CET.  Many of them end up in my classes – costuming and puppet building – because they say they “don’t want to perform.”  Some have never touched a needle or seen a pattern before.

But there they are, in the CET classes that you support.  Kids learn how to build and sew costumes and see how their creations transform the actors.  They and their friends become wolves, dancing bears, princesses, dragons, talking clocks, all because of their efforts – and your support.

Many of the kids in my classes seem shy, angry, or odd. Some of my students are on the autism spectrum and some are just quirky. Adults in their lives scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out what “this kid’s deal” is.

Luckily, thankfully, someone got them to CET.

And, because of you, they have found their place in CET.

I love these kids.

            I was one of them.
How I wish someone had led me to a place like CET when I was younger.

So I want to thank you. Thank you for your support of this program that I have come to love. You see, even after all these years, I am still finding out who I am and where I belong. And because of your support of CET, I know that CET is my place too.

Your donations makes it possible for CET to offer all kinds of great and imaginative classes for kids – for those who fit in and for those who are on the quirky side.  It gives kids the opportunity to be who they are – and dream of who they can be. It gives everyone the chance to be on stage or behind the scenes. You, yes you, make it happen.  Thanks for “getting” the kids at CET.

So please join me in making a year-end gift to CET – keep making it possible for kids to find their place at CET. Thank you, in advance, for your generous support.

Here’s to all the great and quirky kids whose lives will be changed at CET because of you…

Stephani Sachs
CET Instructor

P.S. You can make a quirky and secure year-end gift to CET online — simply click the “donate now” button — or mail a check to us at 710 Howard Street SE, Salem, OR 97302

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