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Alumni Spotlight: Jake Borelli

Meet Jake Borelli, CCT Alum turned television star, who can been seen on ABC in the current season of Grey’s Anatomy. You may also know him for his role as Wolfgang on Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans. He has appeared in a variety of other popular series, including iCarly and Parenthood, as well as the new Netflix Original Movie #REALITYHIGH. Prior to moving out to LA, Jake performed in 11 productions at Columbus Children’s Theatre.

How did live theatre shape you?
“I think live theatre was the BEST place for me to learn. I learned how to be part of a team. Playing improv games helped me learn to TRULY listen, which is such a big part of acting. And getting to work and play with a group of my peers taught me to trust and rely on other people. Getting trained in live theatre showed me how to trust my instincts, free my body, and make bold choices.”

Do you have any advice for young performers?
“If you are interested in film, put all of your energy behind it and start learning as much as you can. The best way to learn is by just doing it. Be in a play, start auditioning! I feel like I’ve learned so much from making mistakes in auditions or even on set. And be okay with that. Everyone is in the learning process and everyone has been the “New Guy”. It was great to have a foundation of classes at CCT. The friends and teachers that I met at CCT were the people who helped me focus and go further with my dreams.”

Additional Ways to Giveback

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  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Columbus Childrens Theatre whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.You can select a different charitable organization after signing in.
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To discuss your Honor and Memorial Donation please contact us at 614.224.6673 ex 3230

If you have a Kroger Plus Card, you can help fund Columbus Children’s Theatre simply by shopping at Kroger.

Columbus Children’s Theatre has enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards program. All we need you to do is register for the program and select Columbus Children’s Theatre as your cause, and then every time you shop and scan your Kroger Plus Card Columbus Children’s Theatre will receive 1% of that back as a donation from Kroger.

It’s easy and takes less than 5 minutes to register for the program. To sign up, have your Kroger Plus Card handy. If you have misplaced your card you can get your Kroger Plus Card number by calling 877-576-7587.

To use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:

  1. Register online at http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com
  2. Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy. If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  3. Click on Sign In/Register.
  4. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  5. You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  6. Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  7. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  8. Update or confirm your information.
  9. Enter NPO number (83943) or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  10. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see Columbus Children’s Theatre’s name on the right side of
    your information page.

Remember, you must swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

CCT volunteers learn what goes into running a theatre while honing their interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. We help keep track of volunteer hours, fill out any necessary paperwork, and help volunteers get the most out of their experience.

CCT offers volunteer opportunities at performances, and at promotional appearances. At this time, there are no volunteer backstage or production volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in working behind the scenes, please browse jobs and internships.

Click here to sign up to volunteer!