Special Events

Throughout the year, Temple Theatre hosts an array of special events - some here at the theatre, and others off-site. Click on an event for more details.

  • Drama
  • Live Band/Muscians
  • Comedy
  • World Premiere
  • Regional Premiere
  • Mature Themes
  • Musical
  • Family Friendly
  • Youth Production
The Righteous Brothers Tribute
Jul 29 & 30, 2016

A night with The Righteous Brothers at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


Based on the success of three # 1 hits, six top 10’s, and dozens of top 100’s, The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Andy Schlosberg and John Wilson tour the country paying homage to the this iconic duo with their show Soul & Inspiration. You’ll reminisce to some of the most memorable songs of all time. From You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (the most played song in American radio history), Unchained Melody (which charted at #4 in 1965 and went to #1 in 1990 after being featured in the movie Ghost), as well as favorites such as (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration, Just Once in My Life, and Rock and Roll Heaven.

You’ll also enjoy the hits of other top 60’s artists with songs like Soul Man (from the Blues Brothers), Hold On/I’m Coming (Sam and Dave), and Little Susie (The Everly Brothers). Soul and Inspiration keeps the music alive for those who were there when it all started and for new fans everywhere. This is a musical event that will not only “take you back”, but will bring you back for more.

The doors open at 7:00 for 8pm shows both nights. Come on out and enjoy a night of timeless classics at the Temple Theatre! Reserved seating is $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

As You Like It
Aug 4 - 7, 2016

Seussical at Temple Theatre
World Premiere Play Family Friendly
by William Shakespeare

Sponsored by Moen

The students and staff of the Temple's Summer Shakespeare Conservatory proudly present As You Like It...

Orlando challenges the Duke’s wrestler, Charles. The Duke’s daughter, Celia, and her cousin, Rosalind, watch the match and Rosalind falls in love with Orlando. The Duke unexpectedly banishes Rosalind and she decides to find her father, Duke Senior, lives in the forest of Arden. Together with the court jester, Touchstone, the girls set out, disguised as a country boy, Ganymede, and his sister, Aliena. Co-incidentally, Orlando, fearing for his life, has also left home, accompanied by his father’s servant, Adam.

In the forest, the group from the court encounter a young shepherd, Silvius, his sassy beloved, Phoebe, and an old shepherd, Corin, who is looking for someone to take over the sheep farm. Ganymede, who wants to settle in the forest, buys the lease. Duke Senior, unaware that his daughter is looking for him, is living a simple life with some courtiers and huntsmen. One of them is the melancholy Jaques, who reflects constantly on life.

Orlando and Adam arrive and the outlaws welcome them and feed them. Orlando hangs some love poems that he has written to Rosalind from the branches of trees. Rosalind and Aliena find them. Ganymede helps him to cure his lovesickness by wooing him, Ganymede, as though he/she were Rosalind. A country girl, Audrey, falls in love with Touchstone and abandons her faithful William because of her love for the fool.

Oliver is searching for his brother and meets Rosalind and Celia. Oliver and Celia fall in love. Phoebe falls in love with Genymede. It all becomes very complicated, but of course it ends in joyful dance to celebrate the four marriages and the happy ending.

Show times are Aug 4, 5, 6 & 7 at 8pm in Depot Park. These performances are FREE to the public (although donations are appreciated).

Seussical Jr. (Session II)
Aug 12 - 14, 2016

Seussical at Temple Theatre
World Premiere Musical Family Friendly
Musical by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Based on the books by Dr. Seuss

Sponsored by Moen

The students and staff of the Temple's Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory (Session II) proudly present Seussical Jr...

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Solla Sollew, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, while guarding an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

This year's shows are RESERVED SEATING. Prices are $13 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets go on sale at 8am on June 13th.

Show times are Aug 12 @ 7pm, Aug 13 @ 2 & 7pm, and Aug 14 @ 2pm. For tickets, call the Box Office at 919-774-4155 or click here.

Aug 18 & 19, 2016

Womens Theatre Festival presents Bruisers at the Temple Theatre
written by Maribeth McCarthy

presented by Women's Theatre Festival

Founded in 2016, and based in Raleigh, NC, the Women's Theatre Festival is a group of 179 writers, actors, producers, directors, artists, designers, and technicians who care about gender equality.

Bruisers is the story of four women who graduated from college together a number of years ago. It's the all-too familiar story of best friendships that become less and less as the years go on, and the one night they are all together again to try to remember and relive those times. This story appeals to anyone who has struggled to hold onto the past, and moreso, to those who have had to go into an uncertain future alone.

Doors open at 7pm both nights for 8pm shows on August 18 and 19, 2016. Advance tickets are available here or at the door for $17.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Aug 20, 2016

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


For the first time ever, the Temple Theatre will screen the iconic American masterpiece, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yes, you can bring your props... just, PLEASE, no liquids. For newbies, we will be selling kits at the door.

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."

There are TWO SHOWINGS. Doors open at 7pm for the 8pm show. We'll clean up (a little) and open the doors again at 11pm for a midnight showing. So take your pick. Reserved seating for each show is $10. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

The Ultimate Tim McGraw Tribute Show
Aug 26, 2016

Tim Hair at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


Tim Hair has been performing as a Tim McGraw Tribute Artist for the past 10 years. He has had the opprotunity to double For Tim at venues in Raleigh and Chalotte. He's also had the opprotunity to meet and talk with Tim, and has study his performances so as to give the best show possible. Recently, Tim performed with a Las Vegas cast in Salem, New Hamshire doing a Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Tribute Show with Landri Taylor. Outside of his tribute shows, Tim is an accomplished performer in his own right, having played gigs all over the country. The Temple Theatre welcomes Tim Hair and his band for what promises to be the closest thing to a Tim McGraw experience you'll find without paying to see the man himself!

Doors open at 7pm for this 8pm show, Aug 26, 2016. Reserved seating is $10. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Sounds on Steele 2016
Sep 10, 2016

Tim Hair at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

Sponsored by The Sanford Herald

Sounds on Steele is Sanford's very own downtown music festival, founded in 2015. This year 10 acts will be featured on one outdoor stage across the street from the Temple Theatre. Food and beverage vendors will be located up and down Carthage Street. This year's headliners are award-winning bluegrass stars Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

For more information and a full listing of the bands and their start times, click here.

Gates open at 11:30am and the bands will play until around 9:30pm. Adult tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 the day of. Kids (12 & under) tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 (if they're young enough to ride in a stroller, they get in free). To purchase tickets, call the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Pauly Shore
Oct 26, 2016

Pauly Shore at Temple Theatre
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presented by The Comedy Zone

Pauly Shore tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show Totally Pauly hit the airwavesto major fan approval. The show ran for six years, leading him to numerous television and film roles including the one-hour HBO television special, Pauly Does Dallas and starring in the films Encino Man, Son In Law, Jury Duty, In the Army Now, and Bio Dome.

After his first album, The Future of America, was named Best Comedy Album by the college music journalists in 1991, the National Association of Record Merchandisers nominated his second album, Scraps from the Future, for a Best Sellers Award. Pauly then went on to star and produce in his own projects including Pauly Shore is Dead for 20th Century Fox, as well as Adopted, Vegas is My Oyster, and Pauly-Tics, all for Showtime.

Most recently, Pauly released Pauly Shore Stands Alone, a true-life road documentary that follows him as he performs in obscure towns throughout Wisconsin while dealing with his personal life back home, which also appeared on Showtime. Additionally, Pauly will be debuting the video portion of his podcast Pauly Shore Podcast Show, some of his guests include: Ted Sarandos (head of Netflix), Irving Azoff (manager of The Eagles), Ziggy Marley, and many, many more. These episodes will be released throughout 2016.

Come join us as the American icon, Pauly Shore, takes to the Temple stage! Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Oct 26, 2016. Reserved seating is $27. For tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.


Ryan Davis "Funnier in Person"
Nov 11, 2016

Ryan Davis is Funnier in Person at Temple Theatre
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presented by The Comedy Zone

Stand up comedian, Ryan Davis, has become an internet sensation. The next logical step for Ryan is to release a DVD. What better venue to host his comedy special than the Temple Theatre?

Ryan is out of Concord, NC. His versatile style has allowed him to open for mainstream acts like Jay Pharoah, eccentric acts like Tom Green, and urban acts like Michael Blackson. As his online reputation has grown, his hilarious social commentary has earned him a truly global fan base. While his videos are extremely popular, Ryan will always be funnier in person.

Come join us as the cameras roll. Doors open at 6:00pm for this 7:00pm show, Nov 11, 2016. Ticket prices are based on seating and range from $12 to $20. To get yours, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.


Nov 12, 2016

Mutlu at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter. A Philadelphia native and first-generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases.

He's collaborated and toured extensively as a support act with legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates and holds the distinction of having made the most guest appearances on Daryl Hall's acclaimed, award-winning TV/Internet show "Live From Daryl's House". He's also gained considerable attention for his work with noted singer-songwriter Amos Lee, with whom he's toured extensively as a support act and backup vocalist. He was the support act on the North American leg of Joe Jackson's acclaimed "Rain" tour and has shared stages with the likes of Adele, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Todd Rundgren, Shuggie Otis & many more.

Born Mutlu Onaral, he grew up steeped in Philadelphia's deep R&B traditions, eagerly absorbing the fundamentals of old-school soul music and incorporating it into his own musical persona. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his acclaimed 2008 debut album Livin' It, produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk, and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn. His latest release is the Hypnotize EP which he co-produced with songwriter/producer Darius Amendolia.

Joining Mutlu is Temple favorite Gary Mitchell. With so much great music out there to draw from, there is no reason why a live performer should be limited to just one style, genre, or artist. Gary performs quality, recognizable hits from classic and alternative rock, Soul, Funk, Country, R & B, Jazz, Inspirational and Top 40 modern radio. His goal is that every audience member, regardless of age, race, background or taste, will hear something that they know and enjoy during a show.

Doors open at 7pm for this 8:00pm show, Nov 12, 2016. Reserved seating is $15. Ticket holders are invited to attend an after party immediately following the show at The Steele Pig. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Tired Souls
Nov 18, 2016

Mike Wiley at Temple Theatre
Play Family Friendly

presented in association with Central Carolina Community College

Mike Wiley’s works span the stories of fugitive slaves, sports figures and freedom fighters, the triumph of the common man and more. His works are primarily one-man shows, where Wiley sometimes portrays dozens of characters — old and young, men and women, African American and white — over the course of a single play. Audiences leave his performances reflective, enlightened and inspired to apply history’s lessons to events and situations of the present. 

Tired Souls opens in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955 - the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man. Her determination was the catalyst that inspired Montgomery’s black citizens to abandon all travel on city buses until they were no longer forced to sit in the back or stand when a white person boarded. But there were others who came before Mrs. Parks and laid the groundwork for this pivotal moment. Tired Souls introduces audiences to Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin and others so instrumental in lighting a fire under the Civil Rights movement and changing the course of U.S. history forever.

Nov 18, 2016, there are two shows - 12:30pm and 7pm. Reserved seating is $15. For tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

The Embers Christmas Show
Nov 22, 2016

The Embers at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


Beach music icons, The Embers, return to the Temple stage with their Christmas show.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Nov 22, 2016. Tickets will go on sale at 8am on July 1st. Reserved seating is $20. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
Dec 31, 2016

Tommy Edwards at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience have been ringing in the New Year at the Temple Theatre for so many years that we've lost count. Join us for this Sanford tradition.

Doors open at 7pm for this 8pm show, Dec 31, 2016. Tickets for this show will go on sale at 8am on July 1st.

Sweet Potato Pie
Mar 10, 2017

Sweet Potato Pie at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


Sweet Potato Pie is a premiere all female band that has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with their classy blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music mixed together in a style they call “sweetgrass”. Radio and TV are well acquainted with their “angelic” vocals from appearances on PBS, the Food Network and worldwide radio broadcasts. Hailed as the “Lennon Sisters of Bluegrass”, their show revolves around their beautiful 3-part harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and down home humor and story telling. With classic songs from Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and other legends mixed with their chart topping original songs, audiences are in for a sensational night of family entertainment. The Pie has 6 CD’s to their credit which includes the #1 Album on Bluegrass APD charts and #3 Album on the Holiday APD charts. Their newest classic country CD released November 2015. It charted #1 on the APD Country Chart for November.

The group is sponsored in part by the NC Sweet Potato Growers . Their relationship with the agricultural industry provides them with unique opportunities to promote agriculture as they sing their way around the country. Their music was selected in 2015 for use in elementary classrooms to teach students about North Carolina’s agricultural crops. Sweet Potato Pie’s performance style and music is featured in various high school music curriculums in the state.

After seeing the band perform, Bill Wilson, Director, COMMA Auditorium, Morganton, NC wrote: “Sweet Potato Pie should be on the plate of about any performing arts series that wants to serve up the tastiest concert on its menu. This homegrown, all female band dishes out a fresh and bountiful variety of music that is sure to please the palates of all who are willing to take a bite. Their music is rich both in blue and new-grass, coupled with a spirited southern heart and good clean fun for the entire family.”

Doors open at 7pm for this 8pm show, Mar 10, 2017. Tickets for this show will go on sale at 8am on Sep 1, 2016.