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Founded in 1984 by a group of artists and art lovers, the Center for the Arts aims to enrich the quality of life in the Northern Virginia suburbs through performances, gallery exhibits and arts education. A theater, an art gallery, classrooms and administrative offices are located in the Center’s historic home in the Candy Factory in Old Town Manassas.

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The Center for the Arts’ nationally recognized Pied Piper Theatre (PPT) welcomes young people ages 8 through 18 to explore the world of theatre both on the stage and behind the curtain.

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Rooftop Productions

Rooftop Productions, the Center for the Arts’ theatre company, now entering its 10th year, brings a refreshing variety of classic drama, comedy, and musical entertainment to the community.

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Ages 8-12
(6 Hours)  Nov. 30- Dec. 16      
Mon. & Wed. 6:30-7:30pm

Got the acting bug? While perhaps not as easy as accomplished actors make it seem, acting builds on techniques that you can learn and practice. In the Acting and Improvisation class, you will learn many techniques so important to auditioning and developing not only your acting abilities, but your self-confidence. This is your chance to explore audition basics, warm-up routines, script work, improvisation, scene study and character study. Action!

Celebrate the holidays with the timeless classic of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.  Rooftop Productions present this tale of a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who rejects the Christmas spirit with his declaration of “Bah, Humbug!”  A Christmas Carol, directed by Ted Ballard, will be presented at the Center for the Arts on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 28 at 7pm and Sunday, November 29 at 2pm and then December 4-13 on Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm.   The Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle St., Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission or $15 for students or seniors 65+.

Tickets purchased online will be available at will call the day of the show. Open seating.


Ages 5 - Adult
(1.5 Hours) Dec. 5
Sat. 1:30 – 3:00pm

Come join us after the Manassas holiday parade and build a gingerbread house you can enjoy with pride!  This fun event provides a special time when parent and child may work side by side in festive creativity.  You bring one bag of candy to share and we'll supply the gingerbread and the goodies to make your own "home sweet home."  Class limited to 20; register early!  (Register for a couple - one adult and one child for $27.00 plus a $10.00 supply fee.  Couple registration can add an additional child for a $10.00 fee/child - limit 3 additional children per couple registration.)

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Dance Programs

Join us for the fabulous dance sessions one Sunday of each month from 4-6pm at the Center for the Arts. Beginners and advanced dancers are all welcome.

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Arts on the Go

The Arts on the Go project consists of three self-contained interactive exhibits, each with a distinct theme.  Two modules (Habitats and Energy Matters) have been designed for use in elementary schools, and a third module (PowerUP!) has been created for middle school students.

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