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
Sweet Potato Pie & The Malpass Brothers
Mar 10, 2017

Sweet Potato Pie & The Malpass Bros. 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 was released November 2015 and charted at #1on the APD Country Chart for November.

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.”

The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their “Memory That Bad” album hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads’ Organic Records in 2015.

If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers.  If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collards, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers.  If you like clean fresh air over a freshly-plowed field, if you like a great big ol’ corn puddin’ at a homecoming covered dish, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers.  That’s a promise.  (And you don’t lie about a covered dish supper.)

Doors open at 6pm for this 7pm show, Mar 10, 2017. Reserved seating is $25. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

James Gregory
Mar 11, 2017

James Gregory at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly
Sponsored by Harris & Company Insurance & All Digital Printing

 

James Gregory, dubbed “The Funniest Man in America,” has been performing home-spun comedy to sold-out crowds for over 25 years. Delivering common-sense wisdom, old-fashioned values and politically incorrect humor, Gregory is known for inspiring fanatic devotion, whether it’s the first or fifteenth
time you’ve seen him.

For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of this veteran comedian has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best - rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Refusing the vulgar and profane, Gregory instead relies on a wry sense of the absurd, a southern accent and universal story-telling, often drawn from his own life, to create an evening of non-stop laughter. The ridiculous, the common, and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian. Gregory’s broad appeal to audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds has led to a remarkable list of achievements and distinctions.

James is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick & Bubba, John Boy & Billy, and Bob & Tom. Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in over 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions.

Temple Theatre proudly welcomes back the "Funniest Man in America", James Gregory! Doors open at 5:30 for this 6pm show on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Reserved seating is $30. Tickets are on sale now! Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

8th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

7th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Family Friendly
sponsored by Central Carolina Hospital, Edward Jones [Brian Mathis], Sanford Coca Cola Bottling & Atkins Commercial Advisors

 

 

Once again be playing at Tobacco Road, which was ranked the 10th toughest course in the country by Golf Digest, listed by BleacherReport.com as "1 of 10 courses that should host a major championship", and ranked ahead of Pinehurst by PGA.com as the #1 course in North Carolina.

What's new? This year's tournament will be played on Tuesday, May 16th, and features two separate flights - one at 8am, and a second at 1:45pm. Both sessions will be Captain's Choice, and the field will be broken into three flights before play begins. Between sessions, everyone is invited to a pig pickin'.

Soft drinks and water are available courtesy of Sanford Coca Cola Bottling Company. Bear Creek Brews will be selling bottled craft beer at two locations on the course.

Come out and enjoy a beautiful day on a truly unique course. Between flights, all of our participants are invited to a pig pickin'. Great golf... Great food... This is going to be a perfect day! All proceeds go to benefit the Temple Theatre. Click here to download a registration form.

Questions? Call Chris deLambert at 919-774-4512 Ext 221.

The Embers
May 23, 2017

Travis Powell as Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

There are many bands or groups today yet few that are considered a musical institution. The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades and all the crazes continuing to exhibit top quality showmanship, musicianship and professionalism. Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music. This group has traveled the country and the world and have performed for every event imaginable from the highest dignitaries to the hottest back yard frat parties. The Embers were also honored to travel throughout South Korea to perform their Christmas special ‘Christmas with the Embers’ on American Military bases for America’s troops in December of 2007 and 2008. The Embers were awarded Military Coins of Excellence for their distinguished service.

The Embers are widely considered a musical MARVEL and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. A true musical tradition with which many Americans have grown. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music.

Doors open at 6pm for this 7pm shows. Reserved seating is $20. VIP seating which includes a pre-show reception at Hawkins House is $30. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Elvis Lives!
Jun 2 & 3, 2017

Travis Powell as Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

Travis focuses on the authenticity of Elvis Presley on stage, creating an illusion for his audiences through his stunning performances.

Raised in Shelby, NC, Travis Powell grew up listening to Elvis's Aloha from Hawaii, which he says, "was wis inspiration to sing and entertain professionally." The complexity of Travis's Southern background defines him both as a person and as an entertainer, and manifests itself in his ability to fuse R&B, country, and gospel effortlessly into a sound so reminiscent of the the King.

Friday, Jun 2nd, Travis Powell celebrates Elvis's epic Las Vegas run with a show titled The Way It Is, featuring The TCB Experience, The Carolina Quartet, Diane Bailey, and Alissa Davis.

Saturday, Jun 3rd, Travis and the whole crew are back with Aloha from Hawaii.

This marks Travis's third trip to the Temple. Anyone who's seen him will tell you this is as good as it gets.

Doors open at 7pm for both 8pm shows, Jun 2 & 3, 2017. Reserved seating for each show is $25. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Rob Matthews Rockabilly Riot
Jun 9, 2017

Travis Powell as Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

Rob Matthews has become a fixture in the Snadhills music scene with his high energy performances.

Join us as Rob and his band take to the Temple Stage with a show they're calling the Rockabilly Riot. You don't want to miss this tribute to 50's rock and roll.

Doors open at 6pm for this 7pm show on June 9th, 201. Reserved seating is $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

The Wizard of Oz
Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2017

The Wizard of Oz at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly
Sponsored by Duke Energy

 

Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl, lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. When Almira Gulch, who owns half the county, brings a sheriff's order to take Dorothy's little dog Toto away to have the dog destroyed, because Toto bit Miss Gulch's leg, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry refuse to go against the law, and they give the dog to Miss Gulch. However, as Miss Gulch rides away on her bicycle with Toto in her basket, the dog escapes and returns home. Realizing that Miss Gulch will come back, Dorothy runs away with Toto. They come to the wagon of the egotistical, but kindly Professor Marvel, a fortune-teller and balloonist, who tricks Dorothy into believing that her aunt has had an attack because she ran away.

Dorothy rushes home greatly concerned, but a cyclone's approach causes her difficulty, and by the time she gets to the farm, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry and the three farmhands have entered the storm cellar. Inside her room, Dorothy is hit on the head by a window and knocked unconscious. When she revives, she sees through the window that the house has risen up inside the cyclone. When she sees Miss Gulch, traveling in mid-air on her bicycle, transform into a witch on a broomstick, Dorothy averts her eyes. The house comes to rest in Munchkinland...

For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of this veteran comedian has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best - rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Join the Temple Theatre Summer Conservatory as they present The Wizard of Oz.

Reserved seating is $13 for adults and $7. Tickets go on sale at noon on May 16, 2017. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

The Wizard of Oz
Aug 11 - 13, 2017

The Wizard of Oz at the Temple
Comedy Family Friendly
Sponsored by Duke Energy

 

Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl, lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. When Almira Gulch, who owns half the county, brings a sheriff's order to take Dorothy's little dog Toto away to have the dog destroyed, because Toto bit Miss Gulch's leg, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry refuse to go against the law, and they give the dog to Miss Gulch. However, as Miss Gulch rides away on her bicycle with Toto in her basket, the dog escapes and returns home. Realizing that Miss Gulch will come back, Dorothy runs away with Toto. They come to the wagon of the egotistical, but kindly Professor Marvel, a fortune-teller and balloonist, who tricks Dorothy into believing that her aunt has had an attack because she ran away.

Dorothy rushes home greatly concerned, but a cyclone's approach causes her difficulty, and by the time she gets to the farm, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry and the three farmhands have entered the storm cellar. Inside her room, Dorothy is hit on the head by a window and knocked unconscious. When she revives, she sees through the window that the house has risen up inside the cyclone. When she sees Miss Gulch, traveling in mid-air on her bicycle, transform into a witch on a broomstick, Dorothy averts her eyes. The house comes to rest in Munchkinland...

For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of this veteran comedian has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best - rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Join the Temple Theatre Summer Conservatory as they present The Wizard of Oz.

Reserved seating is $13 for adults and $7. Tickets go on sale at noon on May 16, 2017. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Aug 18, 2017

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

We had so much fun last year, we had to do it again!

On August 18th, the freaks will descend on the Temple Theatre again, as we screen the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show, not once... but twice.

Brad and Janet, newly engaged, stumble onto the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter during a rainstorm. Taking refuge in the castle, they're present for the doctor's unveiling of his newest creation, Rocky. Over the course of the night, Frank seduces both Brad and Janet, Janet and Rocky become involved biblically, Dr. Everett Scott arrives looking for his son Eddie (whom Frank killed earlier in the film), and it all goes to pot when the guests discover that Frank is actually an alien (a transvestite from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy Transylvania) who's succeeded in creating the Sonic Transducer, "an audio-vibratory physiomolecular transport device" capable of "breaking down solid matter and then projecting it through space and, who knows, perhaps even time itself."

Show times are 7pm and 11:59pm on Aug 18, 2017. Seating is $10 for each performance. Can you come in costume? Absolutely. Will we be selling prop kits. Absolutely. Can you volunteer to help clean up the theatre? Ummm... ABSOLUTELY.

To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
Dec 31, 2017

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, 2017. Reserved seating is $20. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Tickets will go sale at Aug 1, 2017.