THE Z OPEN MICS: The Z Unplugged

an Open Mic Event

March 12, 2024


Studio Theater

Calling all singers, songwriters, and musicians! This is your opportunity to take the mic. Test out a new original song or share your favorite cover. It’s up to you. The most important thing is to share a song for all to hear in this welcoming, supportive, and creative environment. In partnership with Jim Bulleit and Fox Music Artist Members have early access to sign up for performance slots via private link. Learn more about Artist Memberships here. 

The Undiscovered presents: New Musicals Cabaret

Open Mic Series

August 24, 2023


Studio Theater

Top talents present a one-night-only cabaret of Broadway’s future hits! Featuring exclusive first performances of songs from our Spring 2024 Mainstage Curtain Up! Musical, and culminating in a Broadway Jam sesh with sign-ups at the door!*

A Pay What You Can Event

*Early Sign-Up for Z Artist Members


Let Me Sleigh U

One night only drag show!

December 10, 2022


Main Stage Theater

Premier Drag Queen Entertainer Vivian Valentine performs live on The Z's Main Stage Theater.

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 and Shelly in this earth-friendly, environmental awareness program that teaches students 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 families 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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Eddie Williams Quartet

Live at The Z Music Series

March 24, 2023


Studio Theater

Please arrive early to allow time to find parking, find our building, get your tickets scanned, and to choose a seat once seating starts.
All seating is General seating. Lobby open at 6:30 PM and seating starts at 7:00 PM. Concessions will be sold.We will ask all patrons to fill in the seating of all rows next to other parties. We do not want to interrupt patrons or the performers with late seaters in the inner seats of rows.
We will be selling Standing Room tickets for $17 (plus fees) at the Box Office window for walk-ups only the night of the show starting at 5:30pm. Limited standing room available. On a first come, first serve basis.

Saxophonist Eddie Williams leads his quartet as they perform music from his most recent album “Acceptance”- featuring Justin Kauflin (piano), Chris Brydge (bass), and Emre Kartari (drums)


Live at the Z Music Series:  The spotlight is on music with our Live at The Z Music Series specially curated to elevate new and exciting artists of all genres to the center stage. Originality and talent shine in our state-of-the-art venue that welcomes audiences into an intimate and immersive musical experience. Music starts here. #LiveAtTheZ

Proteus Festival Block Party

a free event at Proteus Festival 2023

October 07, 2023


Lobby, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

Meet me at The Z for the FREE Proteus Block Party! Showcases of music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, and interactive art projects take over Town Center this October in the don’t-miss free event of the season! Come see what The Z is all about-there’s no arts fest like Proteus!


On the Terrace & Plaza: Join in our community art project and outdoor performances, plus an open mic sampler featuring a preview of our spring musical, Rathskeller: A Musical Elixir!

Studio: Rotation of performances by the Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads, Plan B Comedy, and more!

Main Stage: Relive some of our favorite performance highlights and see what our main stage is all about!

Main Lobby: Interactive art projects, a vendor fair, and family fun area!