Current Season University Theatre

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.

2024-25 University Theatre Season

Summer Theatre 2024

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

By Lauren Gunderson | Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn

With the help of her friend Simon, a stripper named Sweetheart, and the words of The Bard, Nan tapes her abusive ex-husband, Kyle, to a chair and forces him to watch as they re-enact scenes from their painful past.

June 21 @ 7:30 p.m. | Central Michigan University, Bush Theatre

June 28 @ 7:30 p.m. | Beaver Island Community Center

July 12 @ 7:30 p.m. | The Playhouse at White Lake, Whitehall, MI

September 5 & 7 @ 7:30 p.m. | Central Michigan University, Bush Theatre

Nothin' but a Good Time: An 80s Mix Tape

Directed by Elaine DiFalco Daugherty, Music Directed by Bruce Bonnell, & Choreographed by Heather Trommer-Beardslee

Get out the hairspray and leg warmers and join us for this nostalgia-fueled music and dance journey through the 1980s with songs like: “True Colors”, “Man in the Mirror” and “I Love Rock’n’Roll”! We promise you nothin’ but a GOOD TIME!

June 22 @ 7:30 p.m. | Central Michigan University, Bush Theatre

June 29 @ 7:30 p.m. | Beaver Island Community Center

July 5 @ 7:00 p.m. | Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City, MI

Complimentary Alumni Reception 6:00 p.m. | Register Here! Space is limited.  Registration Required.

July 13 @ 7:30 p.m. | The Playhouse at White Lake, Whitehall, MI

September 6 @ 7:30 p.m. & September 8 @ 2:00 p.m. | Central Michigan University, Bush Theatre


Fall Theatre 2024

Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 1, 2024!

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

By Selina Fillinger | Directed by Emily Anderson

One 4-letter word is about to rock the White House. When the President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the seven brilliant and beleaguered women he relies upon most will risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the Commander-in-Chief out of trouble.

October 3-5 & 10-12 @ 7:30 p.m. | Theatre on the Side

October 6 & 13 @ 2:00 p.m. | Theatre on the Side

Young Frankenstein

Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks, Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan | Directed by Anne McAlexander

From the creators of the Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy. Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation.

November 13-16 @ 7:30 p.m. | Bush Theatre

November 17 @ 2:00 p.m. | Bush Theatre


Spring Theatre 2025

Six Years Old

By Daphne Silbiger | Directed by Elaine DiFalco Daugherty

Adalaide is six years old, and she does NOT like being treated like a girl. Adalaide’s family and peers discourage her, leaving her to seek out dangerous measures in order to transform into who she was born to be (her hero, Han Solo).

February 12-15 @ 7:30 p.m. | Townsend Kiva

February 16 @ 2:00 p.m. | Townsend Kiva

A Doll's House

By Amy Herzog, adapted from the play by Henrik Ibsen | Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn

Amy Herzog has reawakened this classic drama in a thrillingly provocative adaptation that explores the human spirit.

March 25 & 26, April 3-5 @ 7:30 p.m. | Bush Theatre

April 6 @ 2:00 p.m. | Bush Theatre

University Theatre Dance Company Concert

Artistic Direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee

Includes faculty and student-choreographed works including jazz, tap, contemporary ballet, and much more! Join the UTDC dancers as they tell stories through choreographed movement and rhythm on the Bush Theatre stage!

April 24-26 @ 7:30 p.m. | Bush Theatre

April 27 @ 2:00 p.m. | Bush Theatre