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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  home in the historic Candy Factory in Old Town Manassas.

Shrek Swampfest CharactersPied Piper Theater

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 8-14
(2 Hours)  Feb. 16   
Tue. 5:30-7:30pm

Get a head start on your next audition with this class on "need to know" basics.  What is expected?  How should you prepare?  learn about building a resume, delivering a monologue, or singing a few bars from your favorite song.  Practice cold readings from the script to improve your self-confidence.  This class is a must for those who want to try out for their school musical or for the next season at Pied Piper Theatre.


Ages 9-18       
Feb. 17– March 16
Wed. 11:00-1:00 pm

Join us for an exploration in Mixed Media Collage for Homeschoolers! We now offer daytime instruction for homeschoolers on Wednesday mornings & afternoons. Morning sessions are taught by Arlita Kadar. Discount $20 for additional siblings in same class.  Tuition includes $10.00 supply fee.

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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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