Bright Star

Posted Aug 03, 2022

Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

“Bright Star” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide,1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

Inspired by a True Story. Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Bright Star

Campus Center Theatre
Individual Tickets $30

March 29, 2023, 7:30pm
March 30, 2023, 7:30pm
March 31, 2023, 8:00pm
April 1, 2023, 8:00pm
April 2, 2023, 2:00pm
April 12, 2023, 8:00pm
April 13, 2023, 8:00pm
April 14, 2023, 8:00pm
April 15, 2023, 2:00pm
April 15, 2023, 8:00pm
April 16, 2023, 2:00pm

Note: The gap between performance weekends is due to Easter holiday.

Directed by David Hemsley Caldwell
Musical Direction by Lori Kay Harvey
Choreography by Emily Glinski
Co-Produced by the Department of Music

Produced by Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson Zebulon LLC, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Len Blavatnik, James L. Nederlander, Carson & Joseph Gleberman, Balboa Park Productions The Shubert Organization, Jamie deRoy/Catherine Adler/Cricket Jiranek

In Association With Rodger Hess, A.C. Orange International, Broadway Across America, Sally Jacobs & Warren Baker Diana DiMenna, Exeter Capital, Agnes Gund, True Love Productions And The Old Globe

Ticket Pricing & Policy

Box Office Hours

The Otterbein Theatre Box Office is open, Tuesday-Friday from 12:00-4:00pm from Aug. 29-Dec. 1 and Jan. 16-Apr.12. We are a student-run box office, so dates of operation will change with the academic calendar. The box office is not open on University holidays or during scheduled breaks.

Contact the Box Office: 614-823-1109 or

Season Subscripton Packages

Season Subscription Packages are $97 and include tickets to “Cabaret,” “Dance 2023: Escape to Wonderland,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “9 to 5: The Musical.”  Subscribers may add the Campus Center Studio Production, “Everybody” to their package for the discounted price of $15*.

*Production must be added at time of subscription purchase to qualify for the discount. Tickets for “The Launch: A Senior Cabaret” are not part of the subscription package and must be purchased separately.

Individual Ticket Prices

  • Cabaret: $30
  • Everybody: $22
  • Dance 2023: Escape to Wonderland: $22
  • The Launch: A Senior Cabaret: $30 (a fundraiser for the NY Senior Showcase)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: $22
  • 9 to 5: The Musical: $30

All sales are final.  Exchanges may be made up to 24 hours in advance of the scheduled performance.

Performance Times:

Opening night performances begin at 7:30 pm.
Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm.
All other regular performances begin at 8:00 pm.

Tickets for Otterbein Students, Faculty and Staff:

Academic Year Productions:
All Otterbein University full-time students receive FREE tickets to all mainstage theatre and dance productions during the academic year. Otterbein University faculty and staff receive FREE tickets for those within their households to all performances. Tickets can be reserved with a valid Cardinal Card at the Cowan Hall box office, or by scanning the QR code found on production posters hanging throughout campus and completing the form. Tickets requested via the QR code will be emailed by the next business day of box office operation.

Do not use the online ticketing system for complimentary or reduced priced ticketing. Otterbein Students, Faculty, and Staff must reserve tickets in person with a valid Cardinal Card at the Theatre Box Office or via the QR code found on production posters. The Box office does not offer refunds or exchanges for individual ticket sales.

Otterbein Summer Theatre Productions:
Otterbein Students, Faculty, Staff receive FREE tickets to all Otterbein Summer Theatre productions.

Student Rush Tickets:

Discount tickets are offered for all performances one hour prior to curtain (pending availability) for those with a valid student ID. Please contact the box office for pricing.

COVID-19 Theatre Protocols

Due to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio Department of Health, and Franklin County Public Health, Otterbein University is now mask optional. Masks are not required for audiences, but we support those who choose to wear a mask or need to wear a mask due to health concerns.

Theatre Seating Charts

The Fritsche Theatre At Cowan Hall

30 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081

Campus Center Theatre

100 W. Home Street
Westerville, OH 43081

Costume Rentals & Donations

Interested in Donating Clothing or Renting Costumes?

 After reading the following information, all inquiries about costume rentals/donations should be directed to the Costume Shop Supervisor at (614) 823 – 1203.


We are happy to accept unique vintage items that fit the following criteria:

  • Pre 1980’s fashions including furs, gowns, suits, and other stage-worthy items
  • Fabrics/clothing are in good condition without dry-rot, mildew, moth damage, etc
  • The clothing must be able to withstand excessive movement, such as running and dancing, without being damaged
  • Adult-sized items. Women’s wear must have a minimum waist measurement of 26”

We do NOT accept the following:

  • Children’s clothing
  • Items that are too fragile/damaged to be worn by an active dancer/actor.
  • Clothing from 1980’s to Current, unless the item is in very good condition and is unique.
  • Domestic textiles such as linens, doilies, etc.
  • Retail Halloween costumes or other disposable-quality items

Donations will become the property of the Otterbein Costume Shop and will be used in whatever manner the designers see fit, which may include altering the garment beyond recognition, destruction, disposal, or resale.  We have a limited storage area and can only accept/keep items we are confident we can use.

If you desire a Gift In-Kind Form, please tell the Costume Shop Supervisor. You will need to send photos of the items and declare their value. We will determine if the valuation is appropriate and decide which items we will accept.  We will then submit the donation information to Otterbein University administration.  After the donation is approved and you have delivered the items, you’ll receive a donation letter for tax purposes from the University. This process may take a few weeks.

To schedule a donation drop-off or to begin the Gift in Kind process, contact the Costume Shop Supervisor.

Costume Rentals:

The Otterbein Theatre & Dance costume shop provides rentals to theatrical productions for a fee. Please be aware of the following policies:

  • We do not rent costumes to individuals or private events, we rent ONLY to theatrical productions.
  • We do not loan shoes, hats, or jewelry.
  • We generally do not have the time to pull for rentals, but we allow designers/costume coordinators to come and pull their own rentals.
  • We will pull/ship costumes of a very specific nature or on a whole-show basis. Such as the matching dresses for How to Succeed or Guys & Dolls.

To schedule a donation drop-off or rental, please contact Costume Shop Supervisor at (614) 823-1203.