Center for the Art's Mission

The mission of the Center for the Arts is to enrich the quality of life among all the populations in our area through diverse education and presentation arts programming of the highest quality. 


The Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County sponsors summer art and drama camps for children and teens, is home of Pied Piper Children's Theatre and Rooftop Productions, teaches year round classes in the arts and drama and provides community outreach programs for local youth. 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. The Arthur Kellar Theater, the Caton Merchant Family Gallery and several classrooms are located in the Center’s historic home in the Candy Factory in Old Town Manassas.

Center for the Arts' Programs 

Pied Piper Theatre - 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. Offering three fully staged musical presentations a year, this award-winning children's theatre provides dramatic and musical theatre training while building confidence, responsibility, and self-esteem. 

Hundreds of extraordinarily talented youth have performed in the last two decades in such popular musical productions as Cinderella, Annie, Peter Pan, Oliver!, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz.  PPT offers a training program in technical theatre, providing opportunities for students to learn stage management, set design, lighting, and sound. From the classics to award winning musical presentations such as Willy Wonka, Jr and Charlotte's Web.  PPT provides the best in entertainment for the entire family.

Rooftop Productions  -Rooftop Productions, the Center for the Arts’ adult theatre company, now in its 6th year, brings a refreshing variety of classic drama, comedy, and musical entertainment to the community.

Playing to often full houses, past Rooftop performances have included the musicals Godspell, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, A…My Name is Alice, and Nunsense. Audiences have also enjoyed Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, and Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The 2009-2010 performance schedule includes The World Goes 'Round  (Nov.) and The Odd Couple. (Feb.).

Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery -The Caton Merchant Family Gallery, located on the first floor of the Candy Factory building, shows nine art exhibits each year. The exhibits feature regional artists as well as works by world-renowned artists such as sculptor Joseph Henry Lonas. The Center sponsors a yearly juried youth art exhibit, featuring artwork created by local high school students. With an open floor plan, the gallery also accommodates a wide range of other activities, including art lectures, weddings, music recitals and receptions.

Classes in the Arts & Drama - The Center offers art classes throughout the year for both adults and children. Visual arts classes include drawing, painting, clay, watercolor, photography and sculpture. The Center also offers creative writing, drama, music, and dance. For a complete view of our current programs download our 2010 Summer Camp Catalog.

Press Releases

  1. Thursday, August 27, 2015


    Explore the exciting story of Ichabod Crane as produced by the Pied Piper Theatre Company!

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  2. Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Pied Piper Theatre Auditions for Sleepy Hollow

    Auditions for singers, dancers, and actors ages 8-18 at the Center for the Arts at the Candy factory. September 4th and 5th

  3. Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Rooftop Productions Auditions for A Christmas Carol

    Auditions for Actors, September 12th-14th at the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory

  4. Monday, August 24, 2015

    Exhibit: Presence

    Exhibit Opening September 16 - Presence: Jessica Gardner & Janet Stoeke

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PR Contacts

  1. Kim Love