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Bell Tower Theater
2728 Asbury Rd
Dubuque, IA 52001
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Kids Take the Stage


Three times each year we offer theater classes for kids. These classes teach theater skills such as acting, singing, pantomime, improvisation and stage make-up, but equally as important, they help kids develop real life skills like confidence, reading, team work, self-esteem and communication.


We offer a six-week winter session starting in January/February, a six-week spring session starting in March/April and a six-week fall session beginning in October. We do not offer summer classes so we and the kids can concentrate on the Free Summer Musical Program.


Registration is now closed for the fall session. The next session of classes will begin at the end of January.


Click here to Register for a Class


Financial assistance is available for qualified families. For information or to apply for a financial aid scholarship, contact Miki Robinson at 563-588-3377 or


Let's Pretend

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Take a trip to the wonderful world of make believe. This enchanting class uses kids imagination and self-expression to build concentration, confidence and communication skills. The goal is to have fun discovering the world of theater! Space is limited to 16 kids.


Teacher: Sue Riedel. Cost $65


Mondays, October 9 to November 13

4 - 5 pm or

5:15 - 6:15 pm

Creative Theatrics

2nd & 3rd Grade

Let's hit the stage! Using stories and short plays as a foundation, this class uses beginning acting techniques and cultivates skills that help kids be comfortable and confident on stage. Each day we will focus on creating believable characters using props, costumes, pantomime and dialogue. Space is limited to 16 kids.


Teacher: Sue Riedel. Cost: $65


Wednesdays, October 11 to November 15

4 - 5 pm or

5:15 - 6:15 pm


4th, 5th and 6th Grade

Get into the act! This class focuses on acting skills and how to create believable characters. Kids will explore improvisation, stage movement and pantomime.

Using skits and short plays, we will work to master the skills needed in acting on stage. Space is limited to 16 kids.


Teacher: Sue Riedel. Cost $65


Thursdays, October 12 to November 16

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Musical Theater 101

4th, 5th and 6th Grade

Learn how to put your best foot forward in a musical. This fast-paced, fun-filled and educational class will teach singing, character interpretation, and simple choreography using scenes from a Broadway musical. Space is limited to 20 kids.


Teacher: Sue Flogel  Cost $80

The next offering of this class is expected to be Winter 2018.

Musical Theater 201

6th, 7th and 8th Grade

This more advanced class will help middle school students hone their musical theater skills in singing, dancing and acting. Space is limited to 20 kids.


Teacher: Sue Flogel. Cost: $85


Fridays, October 13 to November 17

3:30 - 5 pm

All the World's a Stage

Pre-Schoolers 3 and up

This fun, fast-paced class encourages preschoolers to explore their creativity. Children will act out stories each week, using props, musical instruments, and movement. Space is limited to 10 children per class.


Teacher: Sue Flogel. Cost $55


Fridays, October 13 to November 17

5:15 - 6 pm


Create & Perform: Art Comes Alive!

4th, 5th and 6th Grade

This unique partnership between the Bell Tower Theater and the Dubuque Museum of Art lets kids explore their creative side with both art and theater. Kids will create masks and puppets and other items at the museum, and then they will learn to perform with those items at the theater. Space is limited to 12 kids.


Teachers: Sue Riedel and Margaret Buhr. Cost: $80

Weeks 1, 3 & 5 will be held at the Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust Street

Weeks 2, 4 & 6 will be held at the Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road


The next ofering of this class is TBD.



This program is supported in part by grants from:

      The City of Dubuque   Live the Arts in Iowa