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Let us entertain you with a diverse selection of live productions. Each year our theatre students participate in various productions to gain experience and improve stage presence. They are passionate about performing/entertaining and are eager to show off their creativity for audiences.

Performances take place in Bush Theatre, Townsend Kiva, and Theatre-on-the-Side, all located close to the Bush Theatre ticket windows on the Central Michigan University Campus. For information on our smaller-scale, free, Studio Theatre and other sponsored productions, follow us on social media or visit our Events and Activities webpage.

2022/2023 Season

The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged)

by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Directed by Stacey Pattison

September 9, 7:30 p.m. | Townsend Kiva

September 11, 2:00 p.m. | Townsend Kiva

An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare presents all 37 plays in 90 minutes!

Summer: A Theatre Cabaret

Directed by Joshua Brewer 

September 8 & 10, 7:30 p.m. Townsend Kiva

Using a combination of song, scene, poetry and dance, Summer: A Theatre Cabaret tracks a group of students as they emerge from a year of quarantine into a warm summer’s evening.

Dancing at Lughnasa

By Brian Friel

Directed by Elaine DiFalco Daugherty

October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m. | Theatre on the Side

October 9 & 16, 2:00 p.m. | Theatre on the Side

Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, Dancing at Lughnasa follows five strong sisters as they eke out a living in rural, 1936 Ireland.

Kinky Boots

Music by Cyndi Lauper, Book by Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Teri Hansen, Music Directed by Alan Gumm, Choreographed by Andrea Purrenhage

November 9, 10, 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m. | Bush Theatre

November 13, 2:00 p.m. | Bush Theatre

Kinky Boots, the Tony Winning musical by Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's struggling shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.

Lysistrata

By Aristophanes

Directed by Joshua Brewer

February 1, 2, 3, 4, 7:30 p.m.| Bush Theatre

February 5, 2:00 p.m.| Bush Theatre

Written in 411 BC, but as timely as ever, Lysistrata is a bawdy, anti-war comedy about a group of extraordinary women so intent on ending a pointless war, that they withhold sex until peace is achieved.

Indecent

By Paula Vogel

Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn

March 22, 23, 24, 25, 7:30 p.m.| Bush Theatre

March 26, 2:00 p.m.| Bush Theatre

Indecent is a new play inspired by the true story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel, and set at a time when waves of immigrants were changing the face of America, this play with music is a riveting look at an explosive moment in theatrical history.

UTDC Dance Concert

With Special Guests, Masashi Action Machine from Nagoya, Japan

Artistic Director, Heather Trommer-Beardslee

April 20, 21, 22, 7:30 p.m.| Bush Theatre

April 23, 2:00 p.m.| Bush Theatre


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