2020-2021 University Theatre Performances


Let us entertain you with a diverse selection of faculty-directed live productions! Performances are currently live-streamed, but otherwise take place in Bush Theatre, Townsend Kiva, and Theatre-on-the-Side. All facilities are 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.

The 2020-2021 University Theatre Season

We invite you to enjoy our live-streamed spring season on ShowTix4U.com. We will continue to bring you live-streamed performances, prepared using State and University guidelines, as long as we're safely able to do so.

Performance Details (Click title for more information)

Semantics is a two act musical that follows Ruby, a young, impoverished poet, Olive, a spoiled, lonely musician, and August, a brooding busker and Ruby’s best friend. As the three characters navigate friendships and families struck by grief, they discover the nuance with which the people they love express what's needed to heal.

  • Book, Music, and Lyrics by Claire Catherine Dettloff (CMU ’20) and directed by Keeley Stanley Bohn
  • Live-streamed performances: February 11-13 at 7:30 pm and February 14 at 2:00 pm
  • Purchase tickets now only at: showtix4u.com/events/cmutad
    • Prices: Individual $5 | Group $10 (Plus fees)

Shakespeare's tales capture the raw humor, passion, and perils of the human condition like no other writer in history. Experience a collection of his most gripping and hilarious moments of betrayal, misguided love, conspiracy, ambition, and revenge, as we present scenes from his plays such as Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Merry Wives of Windsor, and King Richard III.

  • Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Steve Berglund
  • Live-streamed performances: March 25-27 at 7:30 pm and March 28 at 2:00 pm
  • Purchase tickets now at: showtix4u.com/events/cmutad
    • Prices: Individual $5 | Group $10 (Plus fees)

Enjoy a selection of solo dance performances in a variety of genres featuring choreography by CMU Dance faculty, students, and alumni.

  • Artistic Direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee
  • Live-streamed performances: April 22-24 at 7:30 pm and April 25 at 2:00 pm
  • Purchase tickets now only at: showtix4u.com/events/cmutad
  • Prices: Individual $5 | Group $10 (Plus fees)

Live-Streaming Tips and Troubleshooting

  • Attending: Follow the link or use one of the other methods explained on your ticket. The stream will only appear starting roughly 30 minutes before your performance. If you want to visit our site for something else, use the link above. You can only connect with one device at a time, and if you switch, the initial device will disconnect.
  • Connection: For best results, use the best internet connection available. We broadcast in high definition, and issues with video quality or stability are almost always related to your internet connection speed. If you can stream HD video from Netflix or YouTube with satisfactory results, you should have similar results with our live-stream. 
  • Show Programs: Available by clicking on the show graphic at ShowTix4U and then clicking the button labeled "Show Program." 
  • Problem?  Please consider restarting your device if a problem develops. We are using a very versatile browser-based service. If the performance doesn't begin at the scheduled time, but you see the welcome image, please refresh your browser window. For best results the preferred browsers, in order, are Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge. (Chrome and Firefox update automatically). Operating systems required: Windows 8+, macOS Sierra (10.12.6)+, Android 6+ or IOS 12.6
  • Need Help? Chat with ST4U customer service staff using the CHAT function on ShowTix4u.com/events/cmutad. You may also email jim.hickerson@cmich.edu, though the response may come after showings have concluded.



  • Purchase: Tickets are available online only at ShowTix4U.
  • Prices: $5 individual | $10 group | Plus a small fee (just over $2)
  • Refunds: Refunds of the ticket price are available through a link on the ticket. Ticketing fees are not refundable. The CHAT feature on the ShowTix4U site can assist you if needed.

In-Person Ticketing

This information relates only to live performances taking place on our campus, which are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. 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 the Townsend Kiva or Theatre-on-the-Side. 

Ticket Central

  • Location: CMU Events Center
  • Phone: 989-774-3045
  • Web: www.cmich.edu/ticketcentral
  • Hours of Operation:
    • School year: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    • Summer: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday


Free performance parking is available in lot 33N or 33S which are located off from East Campus Drive between Preston and Broomfield Roads. Here is a map to Bush Theatre, which is very near all of our performance spaces.