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
Nantucket
Tuesday, Aug 26 2014

Nantucket Live at the Temple
BandFamily Friendly

Nantucket has never lost sight of the most important element that propelled them and their music to securing the almighty recording contract with Epic Records way back in 1977... THEIR FANS. Nantucket is a band for the everyday working class folks who believe that hard work will payoff, even if it means working hard everyday for 35 years to reach a goal. If not for the hard core fans around the world that continue to come to the shows and send messages of respect and love for the music, this band would have surely turned in their two weeks notice long ago. A career of 35 years for many people usually calls for retirement but, not for the guys in Nantucket. They continue to work hard and remain very popular with their fan base while maintaining a legacy of great music. In the recent years leading up to the 35th anniversary of their first album, their hard work is paying off as they have been riding a wave a recognition within their home state of North Carolina. The band was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Charlotte Music Awards in 2008. In 2012 they were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

Opening the show is Sanford's own Brick City South. Led by frontman, Britton Buchanan, these guys just keep picking up steam. Their blend of rock and blues will capture the imagination of any crowd. They're sure to have the crowd whipped into a frenzy by the time Nantucket come out.

General Admission tickets are $20. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Impossibilities: Magic, Mind Reading & Mayhem
Aug 29, 2014

Impossibilities at the Temple
Family Friendly

Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Mentalist Erik Dobell have spent a combined 40+ years travelling from South Dakota to South Korea entertaining NFL football players and celebrities at private and public events. For their new project, they wondered what would happen if a Magician and a Mind Reader worked together as a duo? The result is the show Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem which will be playing at the Temple Theatre in Sanford, NC at 7:30pm on 8/29/14. This is a one night only special event. “It was Chris’ idea originally,” said Erik Dobell. “I was hesitant at first, but the more I thought about it the more I realized it was a great idea.”

Chris came up with the idea with a specific goal in mind, “What we’ll be bringing to the stage is a show that literally has something for everybody. There’s comedy and drama, magic and mind reading and everything in between. Everyone will walk away with a favorite different part that they can tell their friends and family about.”

Professional respect is what brought Erik Dobell and Chris Collins together. “Whatever show I do”, explains Chris, “I want to make sure it’s the best show possible.” Erik explains that “Most people go their entire lives seeing only one magic show, if even that. So if we’re the show they see, I want to make sure it’s the best show possible. We owe them that.”

Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 the day of the show. Advance tickets for military servicemembers and their families are $12. VIP Passes are avaialble for $55. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Derek Minor
Aug 30, 2014

Derek Minor Live at the Temple
Live Band Family Friendly

A self-described blue-collar artist, Pro embraces his ability to get listeners amped, but ultimately, he wants them to feel and be inspired to pursue something greater than themselves. He currently resides in Nashville, TN where he is an active member of Fellowship Bible Church along with his wife. And while his popularity grows with each release, past experiences have taught him that, “Peace is more important than anything,” so his enduring ambition and motivation to continue making quality music is simply to glorify God with his life.

Doors open at 6pm for this 7:00pm show. General admission seats are $20. A limited number of VIP Tickets with Back Stage Pass are available for $35. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

James Ethan Clark & The Renegades
Sep 16, 2014

James Ethan Clark at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

James Ethan Clark is determined to find the answers to his questions himself in his first, full-length recording, “Southern Hotel,” an intrepid collection of songs about a young man’s coming of age in a bleak, southern landscape. Clark has shared his time between Elizabeth City and Wilmington, North Carolina, becoming a fixture in each city’s prospective music scenes. He has performed as a singer/songwriter, as well as bandleader of the beginning stages of “James Ethan Clark and the Renegades,” but has truly come into his own with his new group of stellar, Nashville musicians: Joe Giotta on percussion, Wes Langlois playing lead guitar and pedal steel, Chris Miller on bass, Joel Heumann singing background vocals, Kristin Weber on Violin. Ricky Dale Braddy and Mackenzie Elliot contributed background vocals on “Stories.” These musicians back Clark’s songs with fierce arrangements akin to Neil Young’s Crazy Horse.

Opening the show is Gary Mitchell. A Colorado Native, Gary grew up primarily in the Triangle area of North Carolina, beginning a musical journey that started in early childhood and carried right through to a music degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a background in piano, electric bass, acoustic and electric guitar, drums and percussion, blues harmonica, and pop and classical voice, Gary has spent the last decade gaining experience as a professional performer. He creates a fun, family friendly entertainment experience that spans a wide range of musical styles, with a level of integrity and professionalism that defies the "musician's stereotype." For more information about Gary's original music, his performance schedule and more, visit him at www.visionrisemusic.com.

Doors open at 6pm for this 7pm show. General admission is $10. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here for tickets. This show was originally scheduled for 8/5/14.

Sweet Potato Pie's Home Grown Christmas Show
Nov 29, 2014

Tommy Edwards
Live Band Family Friendly

The Temple is proud to welcome back Sweet Potato Pie. These ladies have 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 television audiences are well acquainted with their angelic vocals from appearances on PBS, Food Network, and world-wide 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.

You are in for a sensational night of family entertainment, featuring Christmas classics spun Sweet Potato Pie-style.

Doors open at 6pm for this 7:00pm show. General admission seats are $15. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.


Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
Dec 31, 2014

Tommy Edwards
Live Band Family Friendly

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. Edwards has performed professionally for nearly 40 years and was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist, and has worked 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 four solo discs. The Bluegrass Experience New Year's Eve show at the Temple has become an annual tradition. For bluegrass fans, there's no better way to ring in the New Year.

General admission seats are $15. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.