Covid and CMU Summer Theatre 2021

Plans for CMU Summer Theatre 2021 will depend on the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 virus.  We are currently moving forward as though we'll be performing the productions we'd originally scheduled for Summer 2020.  Until we have more information, however, we will not formalize plans or sell tickets.  Thank you for your patience.

The 2021 CMU Summer Theatre Season

Each February, students audition/interview for the privilege of participating in our annual summer theatre company.  Ultimately, 10-13 students are selected and assigned to fulfill the many roles required for a touring production series, ranging from technical positions and promotions to acting roles and stage management.  This year (virus notwithstanding) the tour will begint at our own Bush Theatre in June, and in July will move on to Beaver Island's BIC Center and The Playhouse at White Lake.  The company will wrap up their performances with a return to Bush Theatre to open our new season in September. 

Many alumni reflect on CMU Summer Theatre as one of their most valuable educational experiences.  Our customers enjoy the light-hearted comedy themes and return year after year for the fun!  Below are this year's production titles. 


  • Written by Michael Hollinger; Directed by Keeley Stanley- Bohn
  • Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devises.  It’s 1952:  America’s on the verge of the H-Bomb, Dwight Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy’s on Monday nights.  Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the harbor – or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana.  A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (an untying, and retying) the knot.
  • Performances: TBA


  • Written by A. R. Gurney; Directed by Steve Berglund
  • A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. "Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney's new comedy, SYLVIA…" —NY Times. "I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…" —NY Daily News. "Gurney's mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…" —BackStage.  *Sylvia includes mature language.
  • Performances cancelled


Tickets and information will be at:

For more information, please contact:
Steve Berglund, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Phone: (989) 774-3961