By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - This year, the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce didn't take much of a break from entertaining the residents of St. Lucie County.
According to its new schedule of shows planned, the 2012-13 season begins less than six weeks after the end of the current season.
And it's kicking off the new season in a big way, starting with the goodbye tour of Glen Campbell on Nov. 2.
The legendary singer will bring a celebration of his five-decade career to the area. He will also be performing songs from his last album, "Ghost on the Canvas."
Mr. Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease last year, and decided to complete one more tour.
Along with his many hit songs such as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Gentle on My Mind" and "Rhinestone Cowboy," Mr. Campbell also recently received the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement award.
But the new year won't be all music. For example, on Dec. 15, comedian and actor Martin Short will take the stage.
His performance will highlight the best of his comedic timing and improvisational skills, and involve audience interaction, making it a personal and memorable experience.
But residents should expect shows, as well. In January, for example, "Spamalot" makes a return visit to the Sunrise Theatre on Jan. 29 to bring Monty Python's story of King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail alive. This musical has won three Tony awards and will keep theater-goers laughing and dancing in their seats.
Overall, more than 40 shows have been booked and are scheduled for the upcoming season.
The theater has a membership program that allows residents to be part of the theater, starting at $50 per person. Having a membership enables theatergoers to receive advance notice of new shows, their names published in the playbill, opportunities to purchase tickets in advance of the general public and more.
So no matter what style of entertainment is preferred - musical, comedic or theatrical - the Sunrise Theatre will provide it in the coming year.
Glen Campbell, the Goodbye Tour, will take place at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2. Tickets are from $59 to $65.
An Evening with Martin Short will take place at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15.
"Spamalot" will take place at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29. Tickets are from $50 to $60.
Sunrise Theatre is located at 117 South Second St. in Fort Pierce. For more information, call (772) 461-4884 or go online to www.sunrisetheatre.com.