On the Stage: Local Theater Groups
Children’s Educational Theater [CET] is a theater organization in Salem that provides children and teens around the Mid-Valley of various skill levels and ages with a theater experience in all aspects of the performing and technical arts. CET operates throughout the year, but one of the larger aspects of the program is the five week summer program.
“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,” Olivia Nelson, a teaching assistant for CET, said.
The final performances of the CET summer group, known as the Fine Arts NIght, will be on July 29, and will also feature a silent auction.
Another organization, known as the Salem-Keizer Inspirational Teens Theater [SKIT Theater] is an organization that provides both classes and full scale theatrical show opportunities to Salem-Keizer theater students.
“Our mission is to embody God’s love by creating a theatrical outreach for teens. We will grow up good characters & great relationships, one play at a time by reaching into the Salem/Keizer community,” SKIT Theater said on their website.
They will be presenting Seussical the Musical in May, as well as a week long theater arts camp in the summer.
“It’s a Christian based organization, and I think it’s a very accepting environment, especially since it’s religion based, so there’s people of the same interest, you could say, since it’s acting. It’s really friendly,” Alivia Hart ‘19 said. “My favorite part of it is going there and being with my friends all the time, especially because you have to put so much time into it.”