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
7th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

7th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Family Friendly
sponsored by Edward Jones, Coca-Cola, Sanford Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Wilkinson Cadillac

 

Has it really been 7 years?

This year's Temple Theatre Golf Tournament will once again be hosted by 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.

Breakfast will be served ahead of an 8am shotgun start. Come out and enjoy a beautiful day on a truly unique course. Afterward, we invite all the participants to stick around for 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.

For more information, call Denny Woodruff at 919-888-1701.

Emi Sunshine
May 31, 2016

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience at Sounds on Steele 2015
Live Music Family Friendly
Sponsored by Re-Max Real Estate Serivces & LAMCO Properties

It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, an 11-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to darker themes of pain, anguish and even murder, like that of The Louvin Brothers, whom she loves.

The Tennessean is just the latest to describe her as “an old soul,” noting, “Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy.” While her youth might remind many of Taylor Swift, a more apt comparison would be to artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss or members of the Carter Family.

Whether she’s performing on the Today show or the Grand Ole Opry or taking the stage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, she is fearless, confident and firm in her musical direction. As she says, she sings “old-time music,” but it’s her own unique blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a little bit of blues thrown in for good measure. Her talent is indescribable and inexplicable, but fortunately, it doesn’t have to be understood to be appreciated.

Reserved Seating is $20. VIP seating, including a reception at Hawkins House is $30. Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30 show on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Call the Temple Theatre Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here for tickets.

Farmland
Jun 3, 2016

Agriculture Takes Center Stage in Lee County
Live Music
Presented by Green Fields NC & NC Cooperative Extension Lee County

Sponsored by USDA Rural Business Development, Lee County Farm Bureau, and Sanford Area Growth Alliance

Join us to watch the film, Farmland, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres prepared with fresh local products, along with local beer and wine. Farmland, produced by award-winning James Moll, is a documentary about agriculture in the United States, funded by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.  The goal of the film is to bridge the gap between food growers and food consumers by presenting farmers' and ranchers' perspectives on producing food. The film aims to do this by focusing on the lives of six farmers in their 20s who describe their experiences of, and views on, modern farming and ranching in the U.S. They each show and explain what it is like to farm and ranch with modern agriculture practices, and express their views on controversial topics such as genetically modified crops, the use of antibiotics in animal feeds, and the treatment of farm animals.

Immediately following the film, a panel discussion about the impacts farms and forests have in Lee County will round out the evening.

The event kicks off at 5:30pm on June 3. Registration is required and space is limited so sign up now! Must be 21 and over to attend. Register online by clicking here or call 919-775-5624.

RickExpress: Bringin' It Back
Jun 18, 2016

Tim Hair at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly
presented by REK-Kreations

 

RickExpress is a singer, songwriter/composer, pianist and recording artist. The youngest of his siblings and the only boy, RickExpress' talent was discovered at an early age and harnessed thereafter. With his unique style and eccentric flavor, RickExpress has gained the likes of music lovers across the board, ranging from his peers to older generations. They find his music soothing, healing and timeless. While he lends himself to the Neo-Soul genre, he describes his sound as “soulful, moving and ahead of the times".

He has showcased his talent nationally and internationally, playing at evening gigs and formal functions. He has worked with many artist including Valerie Simpson, Sam Smith, Ledisi, Talib Kweli, Sinbad, Sheila E., Lady Gaga, Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy, The Isley Brothers, Nona Hendryx and more. He quickly found himself on the rosters of many dynamic performance artists. He has a loyal fan base, growing daily with the advances of technology. Ricky studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, M.A.

“Real creativity happens when darkness meets the light of my music.” -RickExpress

Also on stage is special guesy, Amber Kiner. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Amber is a Berklee College of Music student pursuing her dreams. Her music relates to her personal life as well as social justice issues going on currently in America. She hopes to inspire people with her art and encourage others to stay true to their art as well.

Doors open at 7pm for this 7:30pm show, Jun 18, 2016. Reserved seating is $20. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Seussical Jr. (Session I)
Jul 1 - 3, 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 I) 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 Jul 1 @ 7pm, Jul 2 @ 2 & 7pm, and Jul 3 @ 2pm. For tickets, call the Box Office at 919-774-4155 or click here.

Les Misérables (School Edition)
Jul 15 - 17, 2016

Les Miserables at Temple Theatre
World Premiere Musical Family Friendly
Music by Calude-Michel Schonberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Sponsored by Moen

The students and staff of the Temple's Teen Musical Theatre Conservatory proudly present Les Misérables...

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Now adapted for high school performers, Les Misérables School Edition features one of the most memorable scores of all time and some of the most memorable characters to ever grace your stage.

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.

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 Jul 15 @ 7pm, Jul 16 @ 2 & 7pm, and Jul 17 @ 2pm. For tickets, call the Box Office at 919-774-4155 or click here.

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.

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. Show time is 10pm, and 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.

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.

WARNING: ADULT CONTENT!

Mutlu
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.

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

Tim Hair 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.