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 War of the Worlds
Oct 31, 2016

The War of the Worlds at Temple Theatre
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Broadcast from New York's Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of Casablanca, and originally directed and narrated by Orson Welles, this frightening tale of an extraterrestrial takeover will be brought to life onstage to thrill and chill audiences.

Not interested in handing out candy? Enjoy Halloween evening at the Temple Theatre, re-living one of the most famous nights in entertainment history.

Reserved seating for this one night only, Oct 31, show is $10. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm show. To purchase 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
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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.

A Night with Ol' Blue Eyes
Dec 13, 2016

Frank Sinatra Tribute at the Temple Theatre
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presented by RE/MAX Real Estate Service


Hurricane Matthew caused many people to miss this tremendous show the first time around. If you had tickets the first time around, contact the Box Office immediately.

Big band baritone, Bill Stonehouse takes to the Temple stage to honor ol' blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Accompanying him will be The Big Band Orchestra, under the direction of Gregg Gelb.

To open the show, Sanford's own, Alexander Copas, will debut his new album, Finding Me.

The doors open at 6:30 for this 7:30pm show on Dec 13, 2016. Come on out and enjoy a night of timeless classics at the Temple Theatre! Reserved seating is $20. VIP seating that includes a reception at the Hawkins House is $30. 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
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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.

Danika & The Jeb
Feb 28, 2017

Danika & The Jeb at Temple Theatre
Live Music Family Friendly


The Temple Theatre welcomes Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart!

She's a songwriter who was almost a doctor. He's a guitar aficionado who owns and operates his own guitar instruction company. Together they form the duo Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart, a soulful combination of acoustic pop and blues that hits the heart with their blended talents. 

Hailed as "a captivating singer in a truly soulful duo," by Emmy Award winning songwriter Trey Bruce, Holmes initially started as a solo artist, her songs playing on Sirius XM's Coffee House station and on 150 radio stations nationwide. Her belief is that a well written song can embody all emotions of the human existence and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet gentle voice and truthful lyrics. 

Jeb Hart can tell a story with six strings - "I’ve seen some of the best guitarists that rock, blues and country have to offer." says Entertainment reporter Jim Renke. " Jeb Hart can hold his own with any of them. His heart and passion are matched only by his technical skills.” The multi-faceted Hart began playing music at the age of 9 - shortly thereafter he began a 16 year career of guitar instruction, opening his own company Six Month Guitar. Performing with various bands, ranging in genres from blues to rock, country to big band, Jeb found the partner he was looking for in Danika.

Danika and Jeb are taking stages by storm - having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar and others, their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.  For more information, show dates and new music, check out Danika & Jeb here

“In Nashville, you have to stand in a long line as a new artist and do something fresh. I’ve seen Danika and Jeb play a few times around town and I’m always struck by her voice and her uniqueness in phrasing and especially tone. She’s a captivating singer in a truly soulful duo.” -Trey Bruce, Emmy Award Winning Songwriter 

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:0pm show, Feb 28, 2017. Reserved seating is $20. Military and Lee County teachers $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Sweet Potato Pie
Mar 10, 2017

Sweet Potato Pie at the Temple Theatre
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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.

8th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 26, 2017

7th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Family Friendly
sponsored by Edward Jones



What's new? This year's tournament will feature two separate flights - one at 8am, and a second at 2pm.

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.

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. A downloadable registration form will be available soon. In the mean time, you can call Chris deLambert at 919-774-4512 Ext 221.

Elvis Lives!
Jun 2 & 3, 2017

Travis Powell as Elvis at the Temple Theatre
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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.