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Let us entertain you with a diverse selection of faculty-directed live productions! Performances take place in Bush Theatre, Townsend Kiva, and Theatre-on-the-Side, which are all located close to the Bush Theatre ticket windows on the CMU 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.

CMU Summer Theatre 2020

Summer Theatre performances across the state have been cancelled due to the pandemic.  We plan to return to the stage in October and look forward to entertaining you soon!


The 2020-2021 University Theatre Season

Tickets will be available beginning on August 1, 2020.

Theatre season packages include a ticket for each of the five productions and offer a savings of up to 66% off door prices!  Only available starting August 1, 2020, by phone at 989-774-3045 or in person at the Ticket Central offices in the CMU Events Center. 

Written by Lisa Kron and directed by Annette Thornton

"Hilarious, delightful and joyously alive!" (Associated Press)  Lisa Kron asks the provocative question: "Do we create our own illness?" The answers she gets are much more complicated than she bargained for as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory.
  • Theatre-on-the-Side (Adjacent Bush Theatre)
  • Tickets available starting August 1st through CMU Ticket Central online, by phone at 989-774-3045, or in person at the CMU Events Center
    • 7:30 pm performances:  Thursday, October 8;  Friday, October 9;  Saturday, October 10; Thursday, October 15;  Friday, October 16;  Saturday, October 17
    • 2:00 pm performances: Sunday, October 11;  Sunday, October 18
  • Limited, general admission seating is available. Due to intimate nature of the space, we are unable to seat patrons arriving after the performance has begun.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn; Choreography by Heather Trommer-Beardslee

Since its electric Broadway debut in the early 1970's, Grease has remained one of the world's most popular and enduring musicals. Funny, frank and featuring the hit songs "Greased Lightnin'," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're The One That I Want," and "Summer Nights," Grease follows the journey of Danny and Sandy, alongside the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, as they navigate high school to the unforgettable rock n' roll soundtrack that defined generations.
  • Bush Theatre 
  • Includes mild mature themes
  • Tickets available starting August 1st through CMU Ticket Central online, by phone at 989-774-3045, or in person at the CMU Events Center
    • 7:30 pm performances:  Wednesday, November 11; Thursday, November 12;  Friday, November 13;  and Saturday,November 14
    • 2:00 pm performance: Sunday, Nov. 15

Written by Robert O'Hara and directed by Steve Berglund

"Searing and sensationally funny... As raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative."—The New York Times  "This is a look at an America where real-life behaviors take their cues from reality TV."   Hollywood Reporter

  • Bush Theatre
  • Includes mature themes and language
  • Tickets available starting August 1st through CMU Ticket Central online, by phone at 989-774-3045, or in person at the CMU Events Center
    • 7:30 pm performances: Wednesday, February 10;  Thursday, February 11, Friday, February 12; Saturday, February 13
    • 2:00 pm performances: Sunday, February 14

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Nancy Eddy

Hamlet, Shakespeare’s masterpiece, is the story of a young prince from Denmark searching for the proof that will clearly implicate his uncle, Claudius, for the murder of his father.  It is a tale of power, revenge, spying, betrayal, illusion, corruption, and murder. Is Hamlet driven forward by his fate or by the choices he makes?  This production will feature an actress in the role of Hamlet.  

  • Bush Theatre
  • Includes violence and mature themes
  • Tickets available starting August 1st through CMU Ticket Central online, by phone at 989-774-3045, or in person at the CMU Events Center
    • 7:30 pm performances: Wednesday,March 24;  Thursday, March 25, Friday, March 26; Saturday, March 27
    • 2:00 pm performances: Sunday, March 28

Artistic direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee

Experience an exhilarating and creative dance production by the UT Dance Company including performances by the Japan-based professional dance company, Masashi Action Machine!

  • Bush Theatre
  • Tickets available starting August 1st through CMU Ticket Central online, by phone at 989-774-3045, or in person at the CMU Events Center
    • 7:30 pm performances: Thursday, April 22; Friday, April 23; and Saturday, April 24
    • 2:00 pm performance: Sunday, April 24 at 7:30 pm


Ticketing and Tips

Advance purchase tickets are available at a reduced price through CMU Ticket Central.  If the production doesn't sell out in advance, remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the Bush Theatre ticket window starting one hour before each performance.  

We recommend purchasing tickets well in advance for any musical or any performance scheduled for Theatre-on-the-Side.

CMU Ticket Central

    • School year: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    • Summer: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Past Productions

Here's a look at our last few seasons:

2019
California Suite and Ken Ludwig's A Fox on the Fairway
Ragtime
Punk Rock
*Our Town
*UTDC Spring Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: *Sylvia and *Red Herring
*Performances cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
 
2018
The Great Kooshog Lake Fishing Derby and Self Help
Shakuntala
Shrek the Musical
The Whipping Man
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: The Fox and the Fairway - California Suite
 
2017
LOVE/SICK
The Other Project
Spring Awakening
Fool for Love
A Country Wife 
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: The Great Kooshog Lake Fishing Derby and Self Help
 
2016
Shady Business
Shooting Star
A Chorus Line
Pericles
Doubt, A Parable
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: For the Love of Juliet, LOVE/SICK, and Twain by the Tale
 
2015
One Slight Hitch
Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike
Oklahoma!
Mother Hicks
Marvin's Room
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: Dearly Departed, Marriage is Murder, and Shady Business
 
2014
The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)
Oakton High Homecoming Dance 1999 (Original)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Hundred Dresses
A Streetcar Named Desire
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: Don't Dress for Dinner, One Slight Hitch and Jerry Finnegan's Sister