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The Sunrise Theater hosts several live concerts every year. The First Friday concert series runs from May until October. 



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First Friday

RAIN OR SHINE! Admission is FREE!

- Southern Pines Brewing Company beer on tap.

- Rotating food trucks all summer.

- No outside alcohol. No rolling coolers.

- ID required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

- One drink per person per purchase for beer & wine - It's the law!

- Beer & wine ticket sales end at 7:30pm


All proceeds support the Sunrise Theater for free live concerts and community events all year.

Be sure to thank our Sponsors who make First Friday possible!


Please leave your fur babies at home. Dogs are not permitted on the greenspace, the events can get extremely crowded and the pavement temps are very high during our summers.

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film reel logo for Movies CategoryEvents in this category are full length feature motion pictures, generally new releases, but can include current and foreign films, for example. Movies are generally shown Fridays through Wednesdays. Saturday and Sundays often have afternoon matinees. Be sure to check The Sunrise Calendar for event times and dates.


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Summer Classic Series

Classic Summer SeriesOlder films especially chosen for the Summer. Experience favorite classic movies in digital on the big screen. Many of these films are sponsored by local businesses.


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Performing Arts

Performing ArtsPerforming Arts includes plays, musicals and kids programs.

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HD Live Series

HD Live logoHigh definition broadcasts of national and international events, such as the Metropolitan Opera and National Theater. These are broadcasts of live events directly to the Sunrise Theater.


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Metropolitan Opera

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The Sunrise Theater is happy to provide access to 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 MetOpera.org and click on the WATCH NOW button..

Wednesday, August 5
Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1995.

Thursday, August 6
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Starring Kristine Opolais, Maria Zifchak, Roberto Alagna, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. From April 2, 2016.

Friday, August 7
Wagner’s Parsifal
Starring Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. From March 28, 1992.

Saturday, August 8
Handel’s Agrippina
Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Harry Bicket. From February 29, 2020.

Sunday, August 9
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, and Adam Plachetka, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 22, 2016.

Monday, August 10
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Starring Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by James Levine. From February 16, 2008.

Tuesday, August 11
Bizet’s Carmen
Starring Aleksandra Kurzak, Clémentine Margaine, Roberto Alagna, and Alexander Vinogradov, conducted by Louis Langrée. From February 2, 2019.

Wednesday, August 12
Verdi’s Rigoletto
Starring Christiane Eda-Pierre, Isola Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Quilico, and Ara Berberian, conducted by James Levine. From December 15, 1981.

Thursday, August 13
Puccini’s Turandot
Starring Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig, Marco Berti, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk, conducted by Paolo Carignani. From January 30, 2016.

Friday, August 14
Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Starring Deborah Voigt, Michelle DeYoung, Robert Dean Smith, and Matti Salminen, conducted by James Levine. From March 22, 2008.

Saturday, August 15
Puccini’s La Bohème
Starring Kristine Opolais, Susanna Phillips, Vittorio Grigolo, Massimo Cavalletti, Patrick Carfizzi, and Oren Gradus, conducted by Stefano Ranzani. From April 5, 2014.

Sunday, August 16
Verdi’s Luisa Miller
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Bonaldo Giaiotti, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. From January 20, 1979.

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Bolshoi Ballet


ANNOUNCEMENT - April 27, 2020

The Bolshoi Ballet has cancelled the final two performances of their 2019-2020 Season. Ballets include Sleeping Beauty and Romeo & Juliet. The Sunrise has attempted to contact each ticket holder and offered refunds, but we hope that you will consider making your ticket purchase a charitable donation to help support the Sunrise through these financially difficult times.

You may contact the Sunrise at Information@SunriseTheater.com if you have any questions or to request a refund.



The Bolshoi Ballet is an internationally renowned, classical ballet company which is based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi is among the world's oldest ballet companies. It achieved worldwide acclaim early in the last century when Moscow became the capital of the country. The Bolshoi is recognised as one of the foremost ballet companies in Russia.

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National Theatre

NTL deep blue sea

The Sunrise Theater has partnered with National Theatre Live (NTL) for 10 years to bring the best of British theater to the Sunrise screen. With the Sunrise temporarily closed, both organizations have been challenged to find safe ways to keep audiences entertained.


The solution for theater fans is National Theatre at Home. Each week through April and May, NTL will be releasing one encore performance to the National Theatre Live YouTube channel. Each broadcast was filmed in front of a live theatre audience using state-of-the-art filming techniques, tailored to the play. From close-ups that capture every flicker of emotion, to sweeping wide shots of the stage, NTL ensures that audiences watching at the Sunrise, and now in their homes, always get the best seat in the house.

 AMADEUS - FREE online July 16-23                

Vienna: the music capital of the world.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. 


Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.


In this new production, directed by Michael Longhurst (Constellations, The World of Extreme Happiness), Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 'Master Harold’… and the boys) plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.


Click HERE to watch 


Donations can be made online HERE or mailed to The Sunrise Theater, 244 NW Broad Street, Southern Pines NC 28387

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More Fine Arts films and events.

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Sunrise Theater Summer Camps



Camps will be a little different this year – camp sizes will be greatly reduced, staff and campers will be wearing masks, and hand sanitizer will be flowing. All camp activities and performances will be on the outdoor stage with plenty of fresh air and room for social distancing.



The Sunrise is grateful to the camp sponsors who have returned for a second year! Thank you to Sandhills Pediatrics, This Little Piggy Baby & Children's Boutique, and Rugg Rats Drop Off Daycare for their continued support.



Kimberly Fielder-Jones returns as Camp Director along with her staff of talented high school student choreographers and her new music director. 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.


Elizabeth Shaver joins Kim as Camp Music Director. Elizabeth, an Atlanta native, is also the Choral Director at Union Pines High School and a choral scholar with the Village Chapel in Pinehurst. Elizabeth's goal is to make sure the campers have a great time while finding and loving their unique voices.


High school and college students with experience in dance, music, or theater are encouraged to apply for volunteer positions on Kim’s team.


Camps are divided by grades with some overlap to accommodate summer schedules.Each camper will learn acting, singing, and movement techniques as well as respect, public speaking and creative thinking. Camps are Monday through Friday from 9am – noon and end with two performances open to the family and friends on Friday at 5:30pm and Saturday at 11am.




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Camp One (July 6-11), for rising first through third graders, is E-I-E-I Oops, a barnyard musical.  




On Farmer MacDonald place, the whole barnyard is singin'... rooster's singin' tenor, the mule chimes in on bass, the chicks are pretty good altos, and the sheep are all over the place! But wait! Something's wrong with Madame Cow... she just can't moo! Join the fun as the animals all do their part to save the day!


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Camp Two (July 13-18), for rising second through fourth graders, is SQUIRM!, a creepy fun musical.




Spiders! Snakes! Bats! Worms! EWWW!! AHHH!! Join the wiggles and squiggles as the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Daddy Long Legs, Hook Worm, Snake, and a host of other critters take over the stage. But wait! No need to scream . . . just listen carefully and you will learn how things that make us squirm can be A-OK!


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Camp Three (July 27-August 1), for rising third through fifth graders, is Pirates! The Musical, a seafaring adventure




Sail the rollicking sea, pirates all are we!” But ARRRR, and shiver me timbers! There's a stowaway on board! Perhaps the King of the High “Cs” will know what to do. Join this salty crew of colorful scallywags when Bluebeard, Yellowbeard, Whitebeard, Purplebeard - well, you get the picture - along with the No Beards hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for a mighty adventure.



For more information, contact the Sunrise at Information@SunriseTheater.com or or MaryBeth@SunriseTheater.com.





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ReservedReserved includes events not otherwise categorized, but for which the Sunrise Theater is committed. These events could include special events or activities.

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2019 Best of the Pines