Posted Aug 03, 2023

Willkommen to the tantalizing Kit Kat Club where troubles of the outside world are willfully forgotten, and artists and outcasts are free to gather for experiences of pleasure and debauchery! Set in 1929, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous lives of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Winning Tony Awards for Best Musical for the 1966 Broadway premiere and for Best Revival of a Musical in 1998, this provocative tale is a warning about the dangers of mass indifference in the face of injustice and violence against humanity.

Cabaret is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.

Audience Advisory
This production contains sexually explicit themes/content, violence, and critical depictions of Nazi-ism and anti-Semitism; viewer discretion is advised.

Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood


Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall
Individual Tickets $30

September 21, 7:30pm
September 22, 8:00pm
September 23, 8:00pm
September 24, 2:00pm
September 28, 8:00pm
September 29, 8:00pm
September 30, 8:00pm

By Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz
Musical Direction by Dennis Davenport
Choreographed by Stella Hiatt Kane
Scenic Design by Isaac Ramsey
Costume Design by Thomas Martin
Lighting Design by Jonathan Spencer
Sound Design by Kitty Mader
Stage Managed by Libby Carroll

Co-Produced by the Department of Music

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.