Bell Tower Theater Announces the Third Show of their 20th Anniversary Season - The Last (Potluck) Supper!

This musical comedy is the fifth show in The Church Basement Ladies series by Greta Grosch and Drew Jansen. The performance will be directed by the Bell Tower Theater’s Artistic Director and seasoned Dubuque theater expert, Sue Riedel. 

Those loveable Church Basement Ladies are back! The year is 1979, and the parishioners celebrate the Centennial of First Cornucopia Lutheran Church. So it’s 100 years of history in toe-tapping song and dance served with a healthy portion of laughs and a side of hot dish and egg coffee. 

The cast features Bell Tower veterans Lorie Foley, Joanne Hillary, and Mandy Diercks alongside newcomers to the Bell Tower stage yet proven talents Kiley Schulz and Frank McClain.

Conveniently located in Fountain Park at 2728 Asbury Road, the Bell Tower Theater is in the city’s vibrant West End, just minutes from Highway 20 and the Northwest Arterial.

Performances are every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm from August 12 to 28. August 12 & 13 are the Early Bird Special performances when tickets are just $11.50. 

The ticket price for all other performances is $23. 

Thursdays are Girls’ Night Out; all audience members get a complimentary glass of wine. For information and to purchase tickets, call 563-588-3377 or visit the Bell Tower website at

Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy. The story is about the ladies that work in the church basement cooking meals for church functions and is inspired by the humorous book Growing Up Lutheran by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson.

Published in 1997, Growing Up Lutheran is a "scrapbook of memories" of what it was like to grow up Lutheran in the Midwest in the 1950s.

The Bell Tower Theater is a not-for-profit community theater in Dubuque, Iowa. Phone (563)588-3377 for more information or visit

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