LOVE Sign at The Z: Make Art with Us!

Sponsored by The Home Depot

August 27, 2022


MEET Z Local Artist & VA Moca Educator Renee Calway, SEE her work exhibited at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Library & MAKE art with her on site! Renee Calway, Hampton Roads native, back from her art studies in California, has developed a body of work all on display at the library.
Come see it all and participate in her latest project in partnership with Zeiders American Dream Theater:
Bring your clean plastic lids of any size to the library where you will roll up your sleeves and glitz them up so they become part of the 6-foot-long VA LOVE SIGN! Thanks to Home Depot for sponsoring the project by providing all the building materials.
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Kids Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

December 10, 2022


Main Stage Theater

Comedy for all ages! Our improv troupe is back with laughs and smiles for the whole family!

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

It’s Easy to be Green

a Family Time Event

April 22, 2023

11am and 2pm

Main Stage Theater

Learn from folk song duo Cindy Kays and Shelly Porter in this earth-friendly, environmental awareness program that teaches kids about habitats, environments, biology, recycling, and conservation. The interactive program includes original tunes like “It Really isn’t Garbage,” “Bebop,” and “Someone’s Gonna Use it After You.” Children and parents will enjoy this fun program celebrating our planet.

Presented in partnership with Arts for Learning and the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission. 

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Cindy Kays and Shelly Potter have performed together for more than two decades as a children’s musical duo. Using stringed and percussion instruments, puppets, and props, Cindy and Shelly encourage students to participate with hand motions and singing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary folk songs to original songs. Their four CD releases have all been awarded Parents’ Choice Awards for excellence in children’s music, a national honor.

Additional program support is provided by Arts Alliance, Helen G. Gifford Foundation, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Essential African Threads

a Family Time Event

February 04, 2023

11am and 2pm

Main Stage Theater

From “Anansi the Spider” to “Brer Rabbit,” traditional slave tales have hidden meanings that serve to educate and celebrate African American history. Storyteller Dylan Pritchett brings the early days of slavery to life through these tales that are wound tightly with themes of family strength and morals as well as lessons that teach about character and survival.

Dylan Pritchett shares his folktales with thousands of children and adults throughout the country, with positive messages that cross cultural boundaries. As the past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Dylan is dedicated to passing on the rich oral tradition of storytelling. In addition to live performances, Dylan has produced narration and served as a performer and consultant for a number of broadcast documentaries, including the PBS program, “View from the Mountaintop,” the Thomas Jefferson biography.

Presented in partnership with the Virginia African American Cultural Center and Arts for Learning. Free performance is provided through The Z Ticket Bank, special thanks to sponsorship from Virginia African American Cultural Center.

Additional program support is provided by Arts Alliance, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.


Photos and/or videos may be taken of adults and children at performances and used for promotional purposes, which may include social media, web, and print


Family Time: The Z and community partners present a full season of original tales and family favorites in fun, engaging performances for theater-lovers of all ages! Family fun starts here! 

Ballet Virginia Season Opening

with Ballet VA

October 28, 2022 to October 29, 2022

Friday, 7:30 PM and Saturday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

Main Stage Theater

Ballet Virginia’s season kicks off with a mix of contemporary and classical works. These performances will feature choreography by Lydia Roberts Coco, BV’s Artistic Director, as well as Dwight Rhoden, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Mr. Rhoden was hailed as “one of the most sought-after choreographers” by the New York Times. Rhoden’s work, “Evermore” and Coco’s work “Bolero” are sure to delight. These wonderful and diverse artists will leave a lasting impression on the audience with their passion and artistry. Prepare to be thoroughly captivated!

Heart and Soul

with Ballet VA

February 10, 2023 to February 11, 2023

February 10th at 7:30 PM and 11th at 2 PM and 7:30 PM

Main Stage Theater

Dance, with its profound ability to evoke emotions through movement, is all about “Heart + Soul”. Whether it’s a sweet love story, a joyful meeting, or deep and complex issues, dance has the ability to express and explore it like no other art form.

Ballet Virginia’s professional company will perform a variety of themed classical and contemporary works with a focus on diversity. The production will include Lydia Roberts Coco’s acclaimed “FIVE”, along with “Dark Instincts”, the joyous “A Seed of Faith” and an uplifting new piece.  “FIVE” is Coco’s work of historical significance which tells the moving story of the Central Park Five. Our second company, BVII, will perform under the direction of Suzanne Lownsbury and Janina Michalski.

Join us on this dance journey that will touch the heart and stir the soul.