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, the tour starts 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 wraps up their performances by returning to open our new season each 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. 

CMU Summer Theatre 2020

Note: All CMU Summer Theatre 2020 performances are scheduled pending updated decisions regarding the coronavirus for June and July from CMU, tour sites, and appropriate governmental agencies.  


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. 

  • June 18 and June 20 at 7:30 | Bush Theatre
  • July 3 at TBA | BIC Center, Beaver Island
  • July 11 at TBA | Playhouse at Whitelake


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.

  • June 19 at 7:30 pm and June 21 at 2:00 pm | Bush Theatre 
  • July 2 at TBA | BIC Center, Beaver Island
  • July 10 at TBA | Playhouse at White lake


Tickets and information will be available soon at:

For more information, please contact:
Steve Berglund, Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Phone: (989) 774-3961 
Email:  bergl1s@cmich.edu​​​​