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
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.

A Frozen Sing Along
Sep 20, 2014

James Ethan Clark at the Temple Theatre
Musical Family Friendly

At 1:00pm on September 20, the Temple Theatre will present a special screening of Disney's film Frozen. The Temple's Education Director, Greta Zandstra, and the Temple Teens will lead a sing along.

The event is free to the public, but we are asking for donations to help expand the Temple's education programs and purchase new sound equipment for the Temple Teens. Passes for the show are available through the Box Office, but cannot be purchased online.

Doors open at noon for this 1pm show. Recommended donation for reserved seating is $7. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or come by the Temple between 2 and 6pm during the week.

Temple Theatre Zombie Run
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Temple Theatre Zombie Run
Family Friendly

Gross Farms will host the Temple Theatre's first ever Zombie Run! Entry fee for the race is $20. All runners will receive a T-Shirt. The race begins at 8:30am. To enter, click here to order online.

Carlos Mencia Live in Concert!
Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014

Carlos Mencia at the Temple
Comedy Mature

Mind of Mencia debuted on Comedy Central in early 2005. It became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history, averaging about 1.5 million total viewers. In the summer of 2007, Mencia starred opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in the Farrelly Brothers’ hit feature film, The Heartbreak Kid. In the fall of that year, Mencia headlined a nationwide comedy tour titled Carlos Mencia Live Presented by Bud Light. The highly anticipated tour brought Mencia face-to-face with his fans. Shortly thereafter, Mencia taped a new comedy special for Comedy Central, Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced, that aired in May 2008.

In July 2008, Mencia began his tour, At Close Range at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Colorado. Larger than all of his previous tours, Mencia performed in 80 cities across the country. In the summer of 2009, he kicked off a nationwide comedy tour entitled The Administration of Laughter which brought him to excited audiences all around the country. In March 2010, Mencia starred in the family comedy Our Family Wedding aongside America Ferrara and Forrest Whitaker.

In the last couple years, Mencia chose to go back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy stores throughout the country – allowing him to share his newest material with smaller and more intimate audiences. The Temple Theatre is absolutely thrilled to welcome one of the biggest names in stand up comedy!

Doors open at 6pm for this 7:00pm show. Reserved seating is $27. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.


A Game Apart
Friday, Nov 7, 2014

A Game Apart at the Temple
Family FriendlyDrama

Acclaimed playwrite, Mike Wiley, brings this special presentation to the Temple stage for one night only! A Game Apart provides a glimpse of Jackie Robinson’s life during a bygone era of separate and unequal locker rooms, of whites only hotels, and of restaurants with only a back door for colored athletes to enter. Witness the hopeless humiliation of a star player who was showered with adulation on the field and became a second-hand citizen when he walked off the diamond. Meet Jackie’s compatriots fighting the same battles between the end zones, inside the ring and around the track. A Game Apart is a powerful lesson of courage through dedication, perseverance and leadership.

Reserved seating is $20. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Heart of Carolina Jazz feat. Houston Person
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014

Houston Person at the Temple
Live Band Family Friendly

Gregg Gelb and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra return to the Temple stage once more, this time with jazz legend, Houston Person. Mr. Person wears the Boss Tenor crown, worn so long by Gene Ammons. His first big break came while working as a sideman with organist Johnny Hammond and his group, co-led by Etta Jones. Mr. Person's working relationship with Ms. Jones began in 1973 and lasted for thirty years, until her recent passing in 2001. Early gigs happened while serving in the Army overseas in Germany, where he played with Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton and others. On Mr. Person's philosophy of jazz, he says, “Well, it's uplifting and important. And a release and a relief. That's what it is, jazz, so called jazz, to me. It's important that it's relaxing. Something that when the end of the day comes, after a hard and frustrating day out in the world, that relieves you. Relaxes you and makes you feel good.” Mr Person adds that all he wants is to give people “good solid melodies with some improvisation and plenty of blues feel.” He smiles, “You always want that dance feeling there, that happy, happy feeling.”

Doors open at 7pm for this 8:00pm show. Reserved seating for adults is $18. Students are $12. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

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.