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 34th marks the tenth year with Peggy Taphorn at the helm. In honor of our 10th Peggy-versary, we let our audience members have some input on this year's lineup. Their choices? Footloose and The Odd Couple.

Generally, each show runs for 3 weeks and features 15 performances. This year, however, Classic Nashville Roadshow, Part II will only run for two weeks, and Beauty & The Beast wil go four weeks.

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

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  • Drama
  • Live Band/Muscians
  • Comedy
  • World Premiere
  • Regional Premiere
  • Mature Themes
  • Musical
  • Family Friendly
  • Youth Production
Sep 14 - Oct 1, 2017

Footloose at the Temple
MusicalFamily Friendly
Music by Tom Snow. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford & Walter Bobbie. Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman

sponsored by Pentair, Life 103.1, and NAI Carolantic - Steve & Patty Stroud

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

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

Clue: The Musical
Oct 19- Nov 5, 2017

Clue at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly
Book by Peter DePietro. Music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker, and Vinnie Martucci. Lyrics by Tom Chiodo. Based on the Parker Brothers' Board Game.

sponsored by Lee-Moore Capital & Tiger Baron Foundation

The internationally popular game is now a fun filled musical which brings the world's best know suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem.

Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience. Clue: The Musical is a colorful crowd pleaser, devised by the authors of Murder at Rutherford House and other popular interactive entertainments.

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
Nov 29 - Dec 17, 2017

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

sponsored by Industrial Construction Experts, Pfizer, and Wilkinson Cadillac

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.

CNR, Pt II: The Sequined Sequel
Jan 11 - 21, 2018

Jason Petty at the Temple
Live Band Family Friendly World Premiere

sponsored by Libations & Cary Magazine

The original brought you some of the most unforgettable songs in country history just as they ought to be, just as you remember them from the radio. Audiences loved the show so much, Jason Petty and Katie Deal decided it deserved an encore. And that's how Classic Nashville Roadshow, Part II: The Sequened Sequel was born.

Remember when June fell for Johnny and Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter? Let Classic Nashville Roadshow, Part II 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, the show features renowned duets, poignant tunes; and gospel tradition. Get swept back in time with songs made famous by Dolly, Hank, Patsy, Tammy, George, Merle, and many, many more!

Pay special attention to these show dates. This show only runs for two weeks.

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

The Odd Couple
Feb 1 - 18, 2018

The Odd Couple at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly
by Neil Simon

sponsored by Bankingport

A divorced slob invites a group of the boys over for cards. One of the guests, who happens to be very meticulous and tense, has just been separated from his wife. The slob and the neat-freak decide to share one apartment; but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilarious results.

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

Church Basement Ladies
Mar 8 - 25, 2018

Church Basement Ladies at the Temple
MusicalComedy Family Friendly
by Jim  Stowell & Jessica Zuehlke, with Music and Lyrics by  Drew Jansen

sponsored by Edward Jones

Church Basement Ladies has been playing to sellout crowds for 29 months in Minneapolis. The church basement kitchen throughout much of America is often the heart and soul of any church. In Church Basement Ladies, we meet the pastor, three main kitchen cooks and one daughter who run the kitchen and care for the congregation by preparing and serving the food. Like any great kitchen, problems are solved here as well. We see the four women handle a  Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter Fund Raiser, and,  of course, a wedding. The stave off potential disasters, have fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on due course.   This musical comedy based on recipes, food, and  change in the church is funny, heart warming, and  down to earth. It will bring back memories of many  people you know from churches everywhere..

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

Beauty & The Beast
Apr 19 - May 13, 2018

Beauty & The Beast at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly
Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice. Book by Linda Woolverton

sponsored byLife 103.1, Normann Financial, Tiger Baron Foundation, and FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities or, even more simply staged, Disney's Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.

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