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
Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Jul 10 - 12 & Aug 14 - 16, 2015

The Little Mermaid at the Temple
Youth Production Musical Family Friendly
Sponsored by Pfizer & Moen


Journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr., adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Written to flow seamlessly between land and sea, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. provides plenty of opportunities to bring these locations to life through creative movement and configurations. The fantasy of being underwater means your entire cast and crew can let their imaginations run wild. In fact, your production can be as lavish or as sparse as resources allow. With several great roles for both boys and girls, as well as a few that can be played by either, this show, which features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea," is a surefire crowd-pleaser.

The 2015 Temple Musical Theatre Conservatory proudly presents Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for children. They will go on sale July 1st. To order, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

Rhett Walker Band
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015

Rhett Walker Band at the Temple
Live Music Family Friendly
in association with C.A.S.T. Productions


Success is often directly proportionate to the amount of work someone’s willing to put in. Hard work has been synonymous with the Rhett Walker Band since they released their debut in 2012. The last few years have proven all four members have a relentless work ethic, rarely witnessed in new bands. Road warriors, the group spends every spare minute off-stage developing their craft, evidenced in their second full-length project, Here’s to the Ones (Essential/Sony).

Since their debut, Come to the River, the band has toured non-stop, spending more time on the road than at home. “We’ve always been that blue collar kind of band that’s just hard work and dreams; and you put them together, and you make something happen,” says Walker. The debut effort generated the band’s first Top 5 hit, “When Mercy Found Me,” and garnered Walker a GRAMMY© Nomination. In addition, since its inception, the band has been invited three times to perform on the Grand Ole Opry—a stage they’re comfortable on since a blend of country and southern rock define their well-honed sound.

Temple Theatre proudly welcomes the Rhett Walker Band for this one night only spectacle! Doors open at 7:00 for this 8pm show. Reserved seating is $12 in advance, and $15 the day of the show. Advance group (8 or more) tickets are $10. There will be a meet and greet with the band that includes special seating. Total cost for that is $25. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

The Tempest
Jul 30 - Aug 2, 2015

The Tempest at the Temple
Youth ProductionFamily Friendly


Amidst a great storm, a ship carrying King Alonso of Naples and his entourage, who are returning home from the wedding of the King's daughter in Tunis, is tossed about by the powerful waves. As the Boatswain tries to keep the boat afloat, the King and two of his hot-headed men, Antonio and Sebastian, come on deck to bark orders at the crew. The Boatswain does not have time to pander to the arrogant King and his courtiers, so he is short with them. The men become enraged, verbally assaulting the boatswain as he tries to regain control of the steering. Only the King's counsellor, Gonzalo, remains calm and collected as the ferocious wind splits the ship in half. 

On an island close by, Prospero, the right Duke of Milan, and his fifteen year-old daughter, Miranda, watch the wreck of the ship. The compassionate Miranda is horrified by what she sees, but Prospero assures her that all the men on the ship will be safe. He reveals his role in the shipwreck and his relationship to the men on board. He tells his daughter that he was once the Duke of Milan, and, as Duke, he spent most of his time learning the art of magic. But, in Prospero's ambitious brother, Antonio, "awak'd an evil nature" (1.2.93), and he decided to overthrow Prospero and claim the title of Duke for himself. Antonio received help from King Alonso, and together they removed Prospero from power and placed him and Miranda, who was two at the time, in a boat and abandoned them at sea. Fortunately, the kind-hearted Gonzalo had given them water, clothes, and other supplies, including Prospero's cherished books. Thus they were able to float for some time at sea, and eventually they landed on the island that has become their permanent home. Now Fate has brought Prospero's enemies near him once again, and, through magic, he admits to Miranda that he was responsible for the storm that brought his brother and the King to the island. 

The 2015 Temple Shakespeare Intensive proudly present The Tempest. Performances will be free of charge each evening at 7pm in Depot Park from Jul 30 through Aug 2, 2015.

Letting Go: A Journey of Faith
Aug 21 & 22, 2015

Letting Go at the Temple
Live Music Family Friendly
presented by Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church


Letting Go is a journey of faith and a struggle for multigenerational forgiveness. It is a powerful drama accompanied by nine beautiful, contemporary songs, presented by soloists, a talented choir, and live musicians. The story concludes with the audience invited to participate in song and celebration. Come, join in, and enjoy an unforgettable evening!

Performances are at 7:30pm. Seating is general admission. Tickets are not available online, but may be purchased in-person at the Temple Box Office for $10, beginning 7/1/15.

Back to the Future Trilogy
Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015

Back to the Future at the Temple Theatre
Family Friendly


Quick, what's the date that the characters of Back to the Future actually travelled to the future? Hello ... hello, anybody home? Think, McFly. "Where are we? When are we?", Marty McFly asked Doc Brown when the stainless-steel-car-turned-time-machine touched down. "2015? You mean we're in the future?!" Specifically, it was 4:29pm , you guessed it - Oct 21, 2015.

In honor of this special date, the Temple Theatre will be screening all three BTTF movies back-to-back-to-back. Come on out, have some popcorn and a Coke, kick back and enjoy one of the great trilogies of all-time. Bonus points will be awarded for parachute pants and shoulder pads.

The night kicks off promptly at 6:29 (4:29 MST). Admission is free. Call the Temple Box Office at 919-774-4155 to make your reservations.

Travis Powell & TCB Experience Band
Nov 13 & 14, 2015

Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live Band Family Friendly


Internationally renowned tribute artist, Travis Powell, makes his triumphant return to the Temple stage with three spectacular shows over two nights. Performing with TCB Experience, Travis pays his respects to three of The King's most iconic performances.

Las Vegas - 1970 (11/13/15 8pm)

At the International Hotel in Las Vegas, the 1970 That's Not The Way It Is concerts marked Elvis's return after years of Hollywood films. Elvis put on what attendees called a mesmerizing show. Video of the concerts, along with rehearsals and candid footage of Elvis would be compiled and released as a documentary film. Relive the profound talent of Elvis and his crew, as well as the undeniable chemistry Elvis had with those Vegas audiences.


Madison Square Garden - 1972 (11/14/15 1pm)

The first time Elvis returned to the Big Apple since the 1950s, the four Madison Square Garden shows in June of 1972 were sold out - reaching over 80,000 fans. George Harrison, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen were in attendance for the MSG show. A recording of those shows was released a week later and topped the charts, and ultimately went triple platinum. The MSG shows are arguably the most powerful performances of Elvis's career.


Aloha From Hawaii - 1973 (11/14/15 8pm)

Elvis became the first single performer to be broadcast live via satellite round the world in his Aloha From Hawaii special on January 14, 1973. The broadcast would air in over 40 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia, reaching over one billion viewers. No expense was spared in what was the most expensive musical production to date - costing over $2.5 million. And Elvis's performance was priceless. Having just turned 38 years of age days before, Elvis was at the peak of his career. Thirty songs included I'll Remember You, which raised over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, displaying Elvis' heart for charity. Also among the songs was American Trilogy, performed in the stunning Eagle jumpsuit, is one of the most compelling and patriotic renditions ever delivered.

Reserved for each performance is $25. The VIP section in the balcony is $25. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Prior to each show, there will be a meet and greet with Travis and the other performers. Attendees will have an opportunity to take pictures with them and listen as they share stories from the road. The cost to attend is $20.

Fans wishing to attend all three shows can for a total ticket price of $60. These VIP tickets are only avaialable over the phone.

The Embers Christmas Show
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

The Embers at the Temple
Live Music Family 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.

On November 24th, these Carolina treasures come to town and put their own beach twist on the Christmas classics. Don't miss it!

The doors will open at 6:30. Reserved seating is $20. For reservations, click here or call 919-774-4155.

VIP Seating is available for $30 and includes a pre-show meet and greet with the band. These VIP passes ARE NOT available online.

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
Dec 31, 2015

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience at Sounds on Steele 2015

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience have been ringing in the New Year at the Temple for nearly 20 years. The host of Life 103.1's "Bluegrass Saturday Night" is Tommy Edwards, lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast's most respected traditional music groups. The program features both classic and contemporary bluegrass recordings as well as interviews with people associated with the music and a calendar of traditional music events in the Heart of Carolina. Having performed professionally for over 35 years, Edwards brings a wealth of knowledge about his favorite music to the program. He was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats, including Jimmy Martin, Bobby Hicks, Peter Rowan, Jimmy Mills, Dan Crary, Jack Lawrence, and Mike Cross. He has recorded four albums with The Bluegrass Experience and has three solo discs with a new one scheduled for release in the spring of this year (2009). In addition to his musical activities, Edwards served the Randolph and Chatham County Schools for 30 years as a middle grades teacher, coach, and administrator. He and his wife Cindy are respected collectors of and authorities on the traditional pottery of central North Carolina. They operated an antiques business in Pittsboro for over 25 years. He served as a trustee of Central Carolina Community College for 12 years and has been a member and officer of several area non-profits, including ChathamArts, Chatham Trades, the Chatham Historical Association, and a regional dispute settlement organization. Edwards knows "whereof he speaks" when it comes to bluegrass – and listeners throughout the region tune in every week to hear the music and the stories from the latest and the best in North Carolina bluegrass.

Call the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here.

James Gregory
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

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


For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory 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. The trademark caricature is the essence of humorist James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

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 the Funniest Man in America, James Gregory! Doors open at 7:00 for this 8pm show. Reserved seating is $30. Tickets will go on sale August 1st. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.