Main Stage Season

WELCOME TO THE 2018/19 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. 2018-19 marks The Temple's 35th year as a regional professional theatre.

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A million memories and counting...

  • Drama
  • Live Band/Muscians
  • Comedy
  • World Premiere
  • Regional Premiere
  • Mature Themes
  • Musical
  • Family Friendly
  • Youth Production
1776 The Musical
Sep 13 - Sep 30, 2018

1776 at the Temple
MusicalFamily Friendly

Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence.

The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

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

Ghost: The Musical
Oct 18- Nov 4, 2018

Ghost at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly

Ghost the Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Longtime couple Sam and Molly are happily in love and living together in Brooklyn. Walking back to their apartment one night, they are mugged at gunpoint, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped between this world and the next as a ghost and unable to leave Molly--- who he quickly learns is in grave danger. With the help of a storefront psychic named Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of protecting her. Featuring such popular songs as “With You” and the Righteous Brothers’ classic “Unchained Melody,” this powerful love story is sure to become a fan favorite!

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

It's A Wonderful Life
Nov 29 - Dec 16, 2018

It's a Wonderful Life at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

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, Second Helping
Jan 10 - Feb 3, 2019

Church Basement Ladies at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly World Premiere

A Second Helping picks up the story in 1969 with the world changing. As Vietnam War protests swell and women everywhere demand equal pay for equal work, the finely tuned ladies running the church basement kitchen face changes of their own. From the elderly matriarch to the young mom-to-be, these women find strength in each other as they deal with the joys and upheavals from below the House of God! "You'll laugh until your sidedish hurts" with their hilarious, down-to-earth charm. This is most certainly true.

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

Boeing, Boeing
Feb 14 - Mar 3, 2019

Boeing, Boeing at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly

American playboy Bernard Lawrence is an architect based in Paris. He lives with his fiancée, TWA airline stewardess Gloria —and Lufthansa stewardess Gretchen —and Alitalia stewardess Gabriella. However, none of the women know about the other two, and this is exactly the way Bernard has designed it. This works just fine as long as their flight schedules only bring them home every three days. Bernard’s live-in maid, Berthe, is key in pulling off this ruse, managing three sets of clothing, photographs, bed linens, and food preferences.

However, this perfect schedule is bound to run into trouble sometime. Things begin to unravel when there is a change to the women’s flight orders, making it increasingly difficult to keep them apart, and eventually bringing all three of them home on the same day. In addition, Bernard’s longtime friend from Wisconsin, Robert Lambert, has arrived in town unexpectedly. He is brought in on the outrageous arrangement and finds himself entangled in trying to help Bernard and Berthe pull it off during the course of a single day.

Will they survive the day? And at what price? It just may be too much for them to handle!

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

Big River
Mar 14 - 31, 2019

Big River at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly

Mark Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

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

Grease
Apr 25 - May 12, 2019

Grease at the Temple
Musical Family Friendly

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.

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