A Performing Home for Local Arts Organizations
The Hylton Center serves as home to seven Arts Partners: Manassas Ballet Theatre, Manassas Chorale, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Little Theatre, The Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC), Asaph Dance Ensemble, and Youth Orchestras of Prince William. Each year, these outstanding local arts organizations present a vibrant program of performing arts on the stages of the Hylton Center. Based here in Prince William County and the City of Manassas, the Arts Partners, and members of the Hylton Center’s Arts Alliance, are evidence of the extraordinary talents and resources that exist in our area.
Manassas Ballet Theatre
Manassas Ballet Theatre is the largest professional ballet company in Northern Virginia, and features 25 full-time dancers (10 of which are men). The company presents a full season of classical and contemporary ballet, set to live music, most often accompanied by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra. The Company has an affiliated Academy, offering a high level of training to dancers of all levels. Manassas Ballet Theatre is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Prince William County and the City of Manassas.
The Manassas Chorale, an auditioned chorus of over 100 singers, is entering its twenty-sixth season. The Chorale presents four major concerts each season, using local instrumentalists and guest soloists, and is invited to perform annually in Colonial Williamsburg. Musical styles vary from sacred to secular, traditional Americana to more culturally and ethnically diverse pieces, and classical masterworks to Broadway show tunes. Performers must audition for a place in the chorus.
Manassas Symphony Orchestra
The Manassas Symphony Orchestra (MSO), winner of the 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance, brings the excitement of live orchestral performances to the Manassas and Prince William County regional area for a unique, lively, and entertaining concert experience. The MSO features award-winning soloists and both standard and unique concert repertoire, including newly commissioned works. The entire community is welcome to come and enjoy family-friendly concerts with affordable, all-ages ticket pricing with its "Every Kid, Every Concert, Always Free" policy.
Prince William Little Theatre
The all-volunteer Prince William Little Theatre (PWLT) has provided quality theater since 1984 and is a community resource for all, providing a place for lovers of theater to learn and grow their dramatic talents. PWLT has won 15 NVTA One Act Festival Awards and four Virginia Theatre Association awards since 1991, and two Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) awards.
Youth Orchestras of Prince William
Youth Orchestras of Prince William promotes quality music education, provides a range of performance opportunities, fosters musical awareness and appreciation, and produces cultural experiences for our region. YOPW’s three ensembles: Youth Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Repertory Orchestra rehearse on Monday evenings at Gar-Field High School and perform their concerts at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.
The Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC)
The Creative and Performing Arts Center (CAPAC) develops extraordinary art that emphasizes the rich culture and ethnic traditions of people of color. The organization provides creative expression opportunities for diverse people of all age groups through acting, singing, dancing, creative writing and community engagement in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. CAPAC was founded in 2002 by a group of concerned citizens led by Co-Founders Lawrence A. Dulin and Denise M. McPhail who understood the need for diversity and artistic enrichment in Prince William County and surrounding areas.
Asaph Dance Ensemble
The Asaph Dance Ensemble is a company of highly trained, classical dancers using their talent to honor God through performances in the mainstream arts world. They are dedicated to touching lives using their training, passion and artistic expression in concerts that are family friendly, encouraging, and edifying. The Asaph Dance Ensemble, directed by Robert and Robin Sturm, was founded in 1985 and is a professional, classical ballet company dedicated to touching lives through the performing arts. The Asaph Dance Ensemble has been invited to perform internationally, including at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia, with the Jerusalem Symphony in Israel, and major theaters in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Kennedy Center, DAR Constitution Hall, George Mason Center for the Arts, Warner Theater and many others.