Events is the overall category for all activities hosted by the Sunrise Theater, such as movies - classic and new releases are two examples, high definition (HD) broadcasts of the Bolsho Ballet, the National Theater and the Metropolitan Opera and "special" events such as First Friday, local live plays and other special events..

Special Message from the Sunrise Preservation Group

As the Sunrise marquee says, "We are all in this together." With that in mind, we'd like to remind our wonderful patrons that our beloved community theater will take a major financial bruising from the COVID-19 crisis. The longer we are forced to keep our doors closed, the more severe the financial impact will be, making it difficult to bounce back when this nightmare finally ends.

Many of our scheduled shows including the Met Operas, Bolshoi Ballets, live concerts, movies, and stage performances, have had to be rescheduled or cancelled. The Sunrise has already spent considerable amounts of money for these programs, most of which we won’t be able to get back.

Please keep this in mind and consider not asking for refunds if you have already purchased tickets for the Sunrise events. At the end of this, we'll want our theater back and its doors wide open.

You can help with this effort:

  • If your events have been cancelled, consider donating the ticket price to the theater.
  • Buy gift cards to use later.
  • Consider moving up any donations that you had planned on giving to the Sunrise Theater.

Thank you and stay safe,

Geoff Cutler
Sunrise Preservation Group President

Donations can be made online, by phone or mailed to 244 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387. Thank you for your support!

Stay at Home Film Fest!

Record a video re-enactment of your favorite movie or play from the comfort of your home. Recording the video on your phone is fine, as long as it’s kept PG and the final video is five minutes or less. Videos must be recorded in horizontal format – no vertical formats please.

Upload your finished video on Google Drive, Dropbox, or a similar file storage website. Email the link to the Sunrise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If your video meets the parameters it will be uploaded immediately to the Sunrise Theater YouTube channel for everyone to see. When the theater reopens, the Sunrise will show the submissions on the big screen at a Sunrise Film Festival.

Submit your video by May 1, 2020 to be entered into a raffle. The winner will receive a season pass to the 2020 Sunrise Summer Classics Film Series.

For those who would rather watch a film than star in it, check out the Sunrise Theater YouTube channel to view the works of our local filmmakers.

For more information, contact the Sunrise Theater at 692-3611 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunrise Theater Summer Camps

Registration is open for the 2020 Sunrise Theater Summer Camps!

Camps are divided by grades with some overlap to accommodate summer vacation schedules. Camp registration is $150 per camp, and the application is available for print online or at the Sunrise Theater office.

Camp 1: June 15-20, grades 1-3

Camp 2: July 13-18, grades 2-4

Camp 3: July 27-August 1, grades 3-5

Returning for the summer is our incredible director, Kimberly Fielder-Jones! Kim is a graduate of Valdosta State University, an alumnus of Sandhills Community Theater, and currently teaches drama at North Moore High School.  Her goal is to foster students’ self-confidence and their love of the theater arts.

Kim’s staff will include an assistant director and four high school volunteers for each camp, along with Sunrise staff. High school students with experience in theater, music, or dance are encouraged to contact the Sunrise Theater to apply for a volunteer position.

Registration is open now and camp sizes are limited. Applications can be dropped off at the Sunrise Theater office between 11am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Payment may be made by check, cash or credit card. Applications can also be mailed to 244 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387. 


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Free Metropolitan Opera Encore Performances At Home!

The Sunrise Theater is happy to announce free Met Opera encore performances available nightly. This is a great way for opera lovers to stay connected to the Met Opera Live in HD program while the Met stage is dark.  The nightly encore presentations will continue for the duration of the Met’s closure.

Every night, a different complete operatic gem from the Met Opera HD collection will be available for streaming. Simply go to and click on the WATCH NOW button. Links are also available at

Performance Schedule:

Monday, March 30 - Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites

Tuesday, March 31 - Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Wednesday, April 1 - John Adams’s Nixon in China

Thursday, April 2 - Verdi’s Don Carlo

Friday, April 3 - Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Saturday, April 4 - Verdi’s Macbeth

Sunday, April 5 - Bellini’s Norma

Monday, April 6 - Verdi’s Aida

Tuesday, April 7 - Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West

Wednesday, April 8 - Verdi’s Falstaff

Thursday, April 9 - Wagner’s Parsifal

Friday, April 10 - Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Saturday, April 11 -Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

Sunday, April 12 - Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte

Raise the Roof 2020!

Mark your calendar!

RAISE THE ROOF is rescheduled to Sunday, August 16, 6pm.

The annual Sunrise fundraiser returns with a fantastic line up of great local talent: John Norris Band, Music Duo: Flannel Weather, Trinity Combined Choir featuring Paul Murphy, Annelle Staal, and Encore! Performing Arts Center. As always, Sardine Queen Tonya Thomas will make her royal appearance.

VIP tickets are $20, general admission is $15.

Purchase your tickets here!

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