Side by Side by Sondheim – Otterbein Summer Theatre

Posted May 10, 2022

Celebrate the life and work of a true legend of American Musical Theatre, Stephen Sondheim, in this staged concert of some of his earliest work. Featuring music from “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Anyone Can Whistle,” and “Pacific Overtures,” not to mention the classics written with musical theatre giants, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, this dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs demonstrates his masterful craft and astounding creativity.

Side By Side By Sondheim Poster

Music and Lyrics by Spephen Sondheim
And music by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne
Continuity by Ned Sherrin

Directed by Lenny Leibowitz

Riley Auditorium in Battelle Fine Arts Center

170 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Individual Tickets $33

Opening night:
Thursday, June 2, 7:30 p.m. sold out
Includes post-show reception with cast & crew.

Friday, June 3, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 5, 2:00 p.m.

“Side by Side by Sondheim” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by Music Theatre International.

Ticket Pricing & Policy

Summer Theatre Box Office Hours

The Otterbein Summer Box Office is open TUESDAY-Friday from 12:00-4:00pm beginning May 17. Tickets can be reserved online, over the phone, or at the box office in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Contact the Box Office: 614.823.1109 or

Individual Ticket Prices

Side by Side by Sondheim $33
Mrs. Mannerly $25
The Pirates of Penzance $33

OST in Concert: In Search of the Sublime – Admission is FREE, donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Otterbein Summer Theatre.

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

Performance Times:

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

Tickets for Otterbein Students, Faculty and Staff:

All Otterbein University full-time students receive FREE tickets to all mainstage theatre and dance productions. 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.

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.

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.