Woodbridge, Virginia, has a variety of theaters where you and your family can enjoy a live performance. Whether you’re looking to see community theater productions, national touring acts, or catch a movie at a local indie theater, you’re sure to find a venue for all types of entertainment. Our Crème de la Crème staff invites you to explore these eight awesome theaters around Woodbridge.

Little Theatre of Alexandria

Three actors onstage during a production of Annie

Annie The Musical  by Eva Rinaldi is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0

Check out a performance at  Little Theatre of Alexandria, located at 600 Wolfe St. in Alexandria. It’s a small theater for youths and adults that allows the audience to get close to the action on stage. It hosts various plays, from classic titles to musicals and plays for kids. Some of the theater’s past performances include “Annie,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” and “A Christmas Carol.”

The theater also offers drama classes for adults and children throughout the year and drama summer camps for youths. This performing arts organization is recognized for its commitment to live theater productions and the support of theater lovers.

The Alden Theatre – McLean Community Center

For a variety of live entertainment, you can see a show at The Alden Theatre at McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean. This beautiful theater offers 383 seats and engages the community with award-winning plays, entertainment, and lectures for all ages. Throughout its history, The Alden has provided:

  • A venue for the performing arts.
  • Touring live entertainment acts.
  • Community theater acts.
  • Local schools.
  • Civic organizations.

The Alden stage has hosted many distinguished guests, including John Lithgow, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Lesley Gore. Check out its musical performances, film, dance, comedic plays, and children’s programs.

The Center for the Arts at George Mason University

You can see diverse performances at the Center for the Arts at George Mason University , located at 4373 Mason Pond Drive in Fairfax. It hosts dance, theater, music, and family performances. The theater is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts of George Mason University, and its mission is to share the arts with residents and  George Mason University students through performances of indigenous dance, classical music, jazz, opera, and more. It also offers sensory-friendly performance options for families, such as the production of “James and the Giant Peach,” for children aged 5 and up.

Workhouse Arts Center

For a creative arts organization offering more than just live performances, visit the  Workhouse Arts Center  at 9518 Workhouse Way in Lorton. This venue provides inspiring opportunities to connect with visual and performing arts, community engagement, educational classes, and personal enrichment. It also hosts many free art exhibitions in its gallery and live theater performances of plays, classical music performances, blues music, belly dance performances, and more. Workhorse Arts Center also hosts a local brew festival, where you can sample microbrews, cider, wine, and spirits while listening to local bands and enjoying delicious food and lawn games.

Metropolitan School of the Arts

For a school that offers showcases and performances, check out the  Metropolitan School of the Arts, located at 5775 Barclay Drive in Alexandria. It offers dance and theater classes for youths and adults. Students put on an academy showcase, a cabaret-style performance featuring classic and contemporary theater, musical theater, and dance selections.

The school also stages classic ballets, such as “The Nutcracker.” Winter holiday performances, spring ballets, and productions of original works occur throughout the year. Further, it also offers presentations by The Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company, which performs a range of contemporary musical theater, classic book musicals, American revues, and assorted readings of plays or new original theatrical works.

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre

Head to  Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre  for youth theater productions at 1900 Elkin St., Suite 225, in Alexandria. This theater’s mission is to develop young artists through education in theater and creative play. The students put on productions of musicals and stage plays, including “Matilda: The Musical,” “Stuart Little,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp,” “The Wind in the Willows: Adventures of Mr. Toad,” and many more.

The 2023 season will include “The SpongeBob Musical,” “As You Like It,” and Disney’s “Newsies, The Broadway Musical.” Bring your kids along for a fun time at the theater, and look out for auditions for future productions.

EagleBank Arena

When you want to catch a big-name act or national touring production,  EagleBank Arena, located at 4500 Patriot Circle in Fairfax, is the place to be. It hosts the 2023 National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s volleyball championship, the World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling supershow, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) challenger series, and the Fairfax Invitational PBR.

The EagleBank Arena is one of the best local spots to see musical acts, from country music to Latin music and rock, including artists such as Bob Dylan, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Ricardo Arjona, and Troye Sivan. The Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Disney on Ice have also appeared at the arena.

Constellation Theatre Company

For exciting performances by a vibrant acting troupe, take a short trip to  Constellation Theatre Company  in nearby Washington, D.C., at 1835 14th St. N.W. For each production, the theater transforms its 100-seat black box theater into fanciful locations, such as a pirate ship, a luminous Arabian palace, or a mod Italian penthouse. These settings provide evocative backdrops for telling big, powerful stories in an intimate setting. These stories aim to inspire the audience and spark their curiosity.

The plays combine a passionate acting ensemble with original music, visual spectacles, and dynamic movement. The theater chooses plays from all over the world to present diverse viewpoints. The company draws from many genres, including farce, fantasy, and epic adventure. These theatrical experiences will surely transport you to larger-than-life dramatic worlds. It’s put on shows such as “Incognito and Once Upon This Island.” It is currently staging “The School for Lies” by David Ives, which is inspired by Molière’s “The Misanthrope.

The  Crème de la Crème of Woodbridge team  hopes you’ll take advantage of one or more of these eight awesome local theater venues and go and see a play in an intimate theater or a big show on a large stage. You and your family are sure to have a great time.