Summer Theatre is a repertory theatre tour that provides 10-13 TAD students an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experiences each year.  It begins with auditions each February, rehearsals and set/costume creation begin in May, and performances run from June through September.  In addition to Bush Theatre, students will pack, travel, and tour to the Beaver Island BIC Center, and the historic Playhouse at Whitehall, with a return to Bush Theatre to open the following season.

The 2021 CMU Summer Theatre Season - Live audiences return!

We're pleased to announce a return to Bush Theatre performances to live audiences for Summer Theatre 2021!  Naturally, seating is limited and socially distanced, and masks will be required by all.

2021  Summer Theatre Productions

  • 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 (and untying, and retying) the knot.
  • Bush Theatre Performances: Thursday and Saturday, June 17 & 19 at 7:30 pm
  • Ticket Central: online at  or by phone at (989) 774-3045 


  • 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.  
  • Includes mature language
  • Bush Theatre Performances: Friday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 20 at 2:00 pm
  • Ticket Central: online at or by phone at (989) 774-3045 


Tickets and information will be at:

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