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Poster for Oliver
Poster for Oliver
Chemeketa Community College Launches Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) (Photo) - 06/20/24

Oliver! will be the inaugural presentation.


Salem, Ore., June 17, 2024  — Chemeketa Community College proudly presents Theatre Under the Stars (T.U.T.S), a captivating musical experience set to enchant audiences with its production of "Oliver!" throughout August 2024. This performance showcases the exceptional talents of Chemeketa's students and staff, in conjunction with theatre professionals throughout the Willamette Valley. The musical, scheduled every Tuesday in August from 8 PM to 10:30 PM, partners with the Children's Educational Theatre (CET), members of the Salem Orchestra, and local theatre companies to offer an affordable, family-friendly evening with tickets priced around $20 per person. Audiences are encouraged to bring low-profile lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic meals for a delightful outdoor theatre experience. By engaging local businesses and partnering with community theatres, Chemeketa aims to provide an inclusive and high-quality theatrical event, fostering community spirit and artistic excellence. Tickets may be purchased here:

At the heart of T.U.T.S lies our commitment to student excellence and community engagement. Under the expert guidance of our dedicated faculty and staff, students from the choral, orchestral, and drama programs immerse themselves in every aspect of production, from rehearsals to performance nights.

  • Choral Program: Led by Bryce Tomlin, our talented vocalists participate in a summer choral class, earning credits while honing their craft.
  • Drama Club: Stephen Munshaw, director and auditorium coordinator, mentors drama club students, offering hands-on experience in all facets of production.
  • Orchestral Program: Working alongside professional musicians from the Salem Orchestra, students under the direction of Marcus Harbaugh contribute their musical talents to the enchanting score of our production.

Theatre Under the Stars is a cherished tradition across North America, reminiscent of the golden age of summer stock theatre. Our rendition of Oliver promises to captivate audiences of all ages with its poignant themes of poverty, family, and resilience. As a semi-professional production, T.U.T.S sets the stage for a magical evening of entertainment, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating future performances.

T.U.T.S extends its reach beyond the college campus, fostering partnerships with local organizations and businesses to enrich the cultural tapestry of Salem and its surrounding areas.

  • Salem Orchestra: Collaborating with Chemeketa students, members of the Salem Orchestra bring their expertise to rehearsals and performances, enhancing the musical experience.
  • Children’s Educational Theatre (CET) is enthusiastically supporting the promotion of this event, reaching out to parents and children alike to facilitate auditions and enhance marketing efforts. As a respected institution in Salem, CET boasts a longstanding tradition of enriching the lives of countless families, drawing in a vibrant community year after year. 
  • Community Sponsorships: We invite businesses to partner with us in supporting this cultural endeavor, showcasing their commitment to education and the arts.
  • Gallery Theatre and Salem Playhouse: These esteemed institutions offer invaluable resources and expertise, further enhancing the quality and authenticity of our production.

In our pursuit of excellence, T.U.T.S is proud to collaborate with esteemed partners who share our passion for the arts:

  • Christopher Dean: Renowned choreographer with credits including the NYC Rockettes.
  • Nathan Pierce: Technical Director with experience at Cirque du Soleil, ensuring a seamless production.
  • Pete Yoakum: Audio Engineer dedicated to delivering an immersive auditory experience.

THis will bean unforgettable evening of music, drama, and community spirit. With affordable ticket pricing and a welcoming atmosphere, T.U.T.S promises to be the highlight of your summer entertainment calendar.

For information about sponsorship opportunities through the Chemeketa Foundation, please call 503-399-5138.  The Chemeketa Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support Chemeketa Community College students and programs. Tax ID 93-6097106. We thank you for your continued support of our students, programs, and community.

Together, let's illuminate the night sky with the magic of live theatre at Theatre Under the Stars!

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Attached Media Files: Poster for Oliver
Chemeketa Community College Announces Open Application Period for Law Enforcement and Corrections Programs - 06/03/24

Salem, OR – June 3, 2024 – Chemeketa Community College is excited to announce that the application period is now open for its highly acclaimed Law Enforcement and Corrections programs. These programs are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in public safety and criminal justice, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to excel in these vital fields.

Law Enforcement Program: Chemeketa's Law Enforcement program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers various aspects of law enforcement, including criminal law, community policing, investigative procedures, and ethics. Students will benefit from experienced faculty, hands-on training, and access to modern facilities and equipment. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for careers as police officers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement roles.

For more information about the Law Enforcement program, visit Chemeketa Law Enforcement Program.

Corrections Program: The Corrections program at Chemeketa focuses on preparing students for careers in correctional institutions, probation, and parole services. The curriculum includes courses in criminology, correctional administration, offender management, and rehabilitation strategies. Students will gain practical experience through internships and simulations, ensuring they are ready to meet the challenges of a corrections career.

For more information about the Corrections program, visit Chemeketa Corrections Program.

Why Choose Chemeketa Community College?

  • Experienced Faculty: Learn from professionals with extensive experience in law enforcement and corrections.
  • Hands-On Training: Gain practical skills through simulations, internships, and access to state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Career Support: Benefit from career counseling, job placement assistance, and strong industry connections.
  • Affordable Education: Chemeketa offers high-quality education at an affordable cost, with financial aid and scholarship opportunities available.

Application Process: Prospective students are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot in these competitive programs. The application process is straightforward, and advisors are available to assist with any questions.

To apply, visit the Chemeketa Community College website and complete the online application form.

For more than 50 years, Chemeketa Community College has committed itself to transforming lives and our community through exceptional learning experiences in the Mid-Willamette Valley. As the second largest community college in Oregon, Chemeketa serves 30,000 students annually at its Salem and Yamhill Valley campuses, as well as centers in Brooks, Eola, Winema, Dallas, Woodburn and Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry (CCBI).


Chemeketa Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.


Attached Media Files: Flyer for program