Main Stage Season

WELCOME TO THE 2016/17 MAIN STAGE SEASON

In 1984, Temple Theatre was re-opened as a professional theatre. Over that time, the Temple has become a highly respected centerpiece of culture in the Sandhills. Hundreds of thousands of people have attended Temple shows and the theatre is far and away Lee County's biggest year-round attraction. The Temple's 33rd Season kicks off with Anything Goes. We feel like this season has something for everyone. Each show runs for 3 weeks and features 15 performances.

Click on the show title below for a description of the production, ratings, and show sponsors.

For information about season ticket packages, click here.

If you're interested in bringing a group to one of our shows, click here.

A million memories and counting...

  • Drama
  • Live Band/Muscians
  • Comedy
  • World Premiere
  • Regional Premiere
  • Mature Themes
  • Musical
  • Family Friendly
  • Youth Production
Anything Goes
Sep 15 - Oct 2, 2016

Anything Goes at the Temple
MusicalFamily Friendly
Musical by Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, P. G. Wodehouse, and Russel Crouse

sponsored by Pentair, Life 103.1 & The Tiger Baron Foundation

Anything Goes is a splashy, upbeat musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney, and Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The tap dance filled musical introduced such songs as Anything Goes, You're the Top, and I Get a Kick Out of You.

For a full list of show times or to buy tickets, click here or call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155.

Tuesdays with Morrie
Oct 20 - Nov 6, 2016

Tuesdays with Morrie at the Temple
Drama Family Friendly
by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom

sponsored Lee-Moore Capital & The Tiger Baron Foundation

Newspaper sports columnist Mitch Albom recounts the time spent with his 78-year-old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying from Lou Gehrig's Desease (ALS). Albom, a former student of Morrie, had not corresponded with him since attending his college classes 16 years earlier. A newspaper strike frees Albom to commute weekly, on Tuesdays, to visit with Morrie. The play is based on these fourteen Tuesdays they meet to discuss life, love, and the pursuit of happiness!

For a full list of show times or to buy tickets, click here or call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155.

A Christmas Carol
Dec 1 - 18, 2016

A Christmas Carol at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly
adapted from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by Peggy Taphorn

sponsored by Pfizer

The Temple's spectacular original adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well known story is back by popular demand. In A Christmas Carol,  Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!", Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas!" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.   

For a full list of show times or to buy tickets, click here or call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155.

Classic Nashville Roadshow
Jan 19 - Feb 5, 2017

Jason Petty at the Temple
Live Band Family Friendly

sponsored by First Bank, NAI Carolantic - Steve & Patty Stroud

Classic Nashville Roadshow brings you some of the most unforgettable songs in country history just as they ought to be, just as you remember them from the radio!

Remember when June fell for Johnny and Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter? Let Classic Nashville Roadshow take you on a journey down memory lane with your favorite classic hits honoring the world’s most beloved country greats! Starring Jason Petty and Katie Deal, Classic Nashville Roadshow features renowned duets, such as Golden Ring, Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, and Jackson; poignant tunes like Crazy and He Stopped Loving Her Today; and gospel traditions such as Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Get swept back in time with songs made famous by Dolly, Hank, Patsy, Tammy, George, Merle, and many, many more!

For a full list of show times or to buy tickets, click here or call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155.

The Savannah Sipping Society
Feb 16 - Mar 5, 2017

The Savannah Sipping Society at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly Regional Premiere
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten

sponsored by Edward Jones & Cary Magazine

The Savannah Sipping Society is a delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy. Four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch—and all alone. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!

For a full list of show times or to buy tickets, click here or call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155.

The Andrews Brothers
Mar 23 - Apr 9, 2017

The Andrews Brothers at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly Regional Premiere
Created by Roger Bean

sponsored by Life 103.1

A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appear shortly before curtain. Thankfully three earnest stagehands are determined to go on with the show! The Andrews Brothers is filled to the brim with over 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including the showstoppers: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Slow Boat to China, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, and Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive. Mistaken identities and madcap adventures—imagine Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot—along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II.

For a full list of show times or to buy tickets, click here or call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155.

Legally Blonde
Apr 27 - May 14, 2017

Legally Blonde at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly
Book by Heather Hach, Music & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe & Neil Benjamin, based on novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

sponsored by Bankingport Insurance

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal! The show takes you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway's brightest new heroine (and of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser).

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

For a full list of show times or to buy tickets, click here or call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155.