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Rooftop Productions

Rooftop Productions

The Center for the Arts' Rooftop Productions is a community theatre group for adults. Rooftop offers three productions each year in our Kellar Family Theater located on the building's third floor. Audition dates (and snow dates when applicable) will be announced as they approach.


Murder on the Manassas Express
(Mystery Dinner Theater)Murder on the Manassas Express logoDinner will be served at 7pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets available by clicking the button below. We will have a cash bar which opens at 6pm.

All aboard! It's 1930 and passengers board the Manassas Express for a leisurely trip to points south. It's not a pleasant trip for everyone though when one of the passengers meets an untimely end, causing mayhem to ensue. Join us on the Manassas Express for an evening of food and fun while you try to solve the mysterious murder before the destination is reached. Come dressed to stun in 1930s garb and you may get a part in the show and a chance to be honored with the title "Ace Detective". Ticket price includes a four course dinner. 

Pretty little details:
  • Doors open at 6:30pm, performance begins at 7pm. 
  • SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED unless you purchase a reserved table. Please plan accordingly as we cannot guarantee everyone in your party will sit together if you arrive right before the show begins. 
  • Reserved tables are limited and will not be available after Early Bird prices end. Must purchase a full table, purchasing 8 individual tickets will not receive a reserved table.

Full menu is available on the ticket purchase page, please note the dessert contains nuts. Call the Center after ticket purchase to request a vegetarian option or other dietary request. 

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd logo

Auditions will be held at Center for the Arts (9419 Battle St. Manassas) February 15 from 9am to 1pm and February 16 from 1-4pm. Callbacks will be held Monday, February 17 from 7-9pm.

*Every actor will be required to fill out our audition form and submit a headshot. We do expect all conflicts to be on your forms, so be sure to include all potential conflicts. Please be prepared with an appropriate monologue (preferably in accent) and 16-20 bars of a song in the style of the show, as well as cold reads and movement.

Attend the dark, witty and Tony award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of Victorian London. Benjamin Barker, now known as Sweeney Todd, was one of the most accomplished barbers in London. Unjustly exiled by the depraved Judge Turpin, Sweeney Todd returns 15 years later seeking retribution against the man who harmed his beloved wife Lucy and took his child. Todd's quest for revenge leads him to Mrs. Lovett's failing pie shop, and the two go into business together. Todd's increasing blood lust inspires a new ingredient for Mrs. Lovett's pies...and their unsuspecting customers will pay the price!

Haunting scores by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd is based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond. This production masterpiece is sure to both thrill and send chills up your spine. THIS SHOW IS RATED PG-13.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays May 8-23, 2020 at 8pm in our Kellar Family Theater on the third floor. Directed by Maureen Hagerman. Music Direction by Graham Clark

Please sign up for an audition time slot via the Sign Up Genius button below. If you need to change your audition time please call the Center at 703-330-2787 to notify us. **Please note there is a special audition slot for ages 11-17, interested child actors should only sign up for this time slot.

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Roles to be cast (Ages are suggestions): 

Sweeney Todd - A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna's father, singularly focused on taking bloody revenge. Our story's tormented protagonist.

Gender: Male, age: 35 to 55

Vocal range: Gb4-F2

Mrs. Lovett - An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.

Gender: Female, age: 30 to 50

Vocal range: E5-G3

Anthony Hope - A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.

Gender: Male, age: 20 to 30

Vocal range: F4-Bb2

Johanna - A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearns for freedom. Todd's long-lost daughter and Turpin's ward.

Gender: Female, age: 18 to 21

Vocal range: A5-Bb3

Tobias Ragg - A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett.

Gender: Male, age: 12 to 18 (Please note: There is a special audition slot for actors ages 11-17 for this part)

Vocal range: Ab4-Bb2

Judge Turpin - A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.

Gender: Male, age: 50 to 65

Vocal range: Gb4-E2

The Beadle - A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.

Gender: Male, age: 40 to 55

Vocal range: D5-D3

Beggar Woman - A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret.

Gender: Female, age: 35 to 50

Vocal range: F5-Ab3

Adolfo Pirelli - A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past.

Gender: Male, age: 30 to 45

Vocal range: C5-B2

Jonas Fogg - The owner of Fogg's Asylum. He sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers.

Gender: Male, age: 35 to 60

Ensemble - Townspeople; Policemen; Lunatics