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
Southern Voice
Feb 24, 2018

Southern Voice at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

Southern Voice will take to the Temple Theatre Stage February 24th to bring you an upbeat and positive performance that's sure to be fun for the whole family. Led by Tim Hair, the band will be playing all your country favorites from the past and present, and most likely a few surprises thrown in. The members of the group have deep roots in Sanford and the surrounding area. Chances are you either know them, or have at least seen them play in one of the many bands they've been a part of. Now combining their talent and experience together as one Southern Voice, they're together to bring you an evening of fun, and entertainment that'll have you on your feet dancing and singing along.

Doors open at 7pm for this 7:30pm show, Feb 24, 2018. Reserved seating is $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Heart of Carolina Jazz feat. Giacomo Gates
Apr 6, 2018

Giacomo Gates at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra originated as the “Community Jazz Ensemble” in 1990 when Gregg Gelb was a Visiting Artist at Central Carolina Community College. Since 1990, the Orchestra has played for thousands of jazz enthusiasts around North Carolina at schools, artscenters, festivals, dances, and more. More than 35 guest artists have performed at the Jazz Society’s Temple Theatre series in Sanford.

On April 6th, Heart of Carolina Jazz will be joined on stage by world renowned vocalist, Giacomo Gates. After graduating from high school, Gates went to college, but dropped out after a year. He found work on a road crew as a laborer, then drove dump trucks and heavier vehicles like bulldozers. Gates moved to Alaska to work on the Alaska Pipeline. While performing at a jazz festival in Fairbanks, he was approached by Sarah Vaughan, who encouraged him to leave Alaska and pursue a singing career. In 1990, at the age of forty, he moved back to Connecticut. Five years later, he released his first album, Blue Skies. Gates interprets jazz standards, practices vocalese, and is active in jazz education. He has taught at Wesleyan University, the Hartford Conservatory of Music, and New Haven's Neighborhood Music School. In his singing he tries to copy the sounds of instruments, such as flutes, trombones, and drums.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Apr 6, 2018. Reserved seating is $16 for adults and $11 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

The Funniest Man in America: James Gregory
Apr 7, 2018

James Gregory at the Temple Theatre
ComedyFamily Friendly

 

For 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 constantly touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, forty six weeks a year. He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events. James has been the featured entertainer for hundreds of corporations, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger. James has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups.

James is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick and Bubba, John Boy and Billy and Bob and 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.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Apr 7, 2018. Reserved seating is $30. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Taylor Phillips: Nashville to Sanford
Apr 19, 2018

Taylor Phillips: Nashville to Sanford
Live BandFamily Friendly
SOLD OUT

 

The varied social and economical tides of Sanford, North Carolina is where Taylor Phillips emerged into the singer/songwriter that he is today. With a connection to country music internally and a life time of labor, love, family, triumphs, and pitfalls Taylor’s life rang out like many of the chorus’s that had been penned on 16th avenue south for the last 65 years. Taylor landed in Nashville, TN in 2013 and quickly made his way into the music industry by, well... being himself.

Taylor, by way of southern country boy wit and grit quickly began to see that immersing himself into the Music Row country music scene was what he was absolutely born to do. Taylor was offered a position as a tour merchandising manager and that's where the story begins. From this point forward Taylor began to carve out and solidify his own network of artists, songwriters, publishers, and plainly stated, friends within the country music industry. This has led Taylor to where he is today on 16th Avenue South, in the heart of Music Row, where he owns a thriving song writing studio. If you do not know Taylor Phillips then turn your radios up a little louder, because you will very soon.

It's been a little too long since Taylor was on stage in his hometown. For one night only, he's making his triumphant return - and bringing some of his buddies from Nashville with him. Tickets go on sale at 9pm on 2/16/2018.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show on April 19, 2018. Reserved seating starts at $20. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

9th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

7th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Family Friendly
sponsored by Central Carolina Hospital, Edward Jones [Brian Mathis], Sanford Coca Cola Bottling & Atkins Commercial Advisors

 

 

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.

What's new? This year's tournament will be played on Tuesday, May 15th, and features two separate flights - one at 8am, and a second at 1:45pm. Both sessions will be Captain's Choice, and the field will be broken into three flights before play begins. Between sessions, everyone is invited to a pig pickin'.

Soft drinks and water are available courtesy of Sanford Coca Cola Bottling Company. Bear Creek Brews will be selling bottled craft beer at two locations on the course.

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.

Questions? Call Chris deLambert at 919-774-4512 Ext 221.

Rob Matthews Rockabilly Revival
Jun 1, 2018

Rob Matthews at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

Rob Matthews has become a fixture in the Sandhills music scene with his high energy performances.

Join us as Rob and his band take to the Temple Stage with a show they're calling the Rockabilly Revival. You don't want to miss this tribute to 50's rock and roll.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show on June 1st, 2018. Reserved seating is $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Ron Perkinson's Circling The Drain
Jun 1, 2018

Circling the Drain at the Temple Theatre
ComedyMature Audiences Only
Sponsored by

 

Ron Perkinson's has done a little bit of everything. Included in a collection of lifetime credits is the extended period he spent as a professional comedian. He's been all over North Carolina. If there's a comedy venue in your town, he's played it. Last year, Ron opened for James Gregory at the Temple. Five seconds into his set, it was obvious that we had to have him back for an encore. Well, he's coming back, and he's bringing some friends with him for a show we're calling the Circling the Drain Comedy Tour.

Joining Ron are Todd Yohn and Ronnie Bullard...

For 17 years Todd Yohn’s high energy, non-stop act has blended stand-up, improv, and music into one deliciously stimulating show. His outrageous parodies and fresh, clever original comedy tunes such as “Red on the Head” and “Daddy, Please Don’t Go” are the direct result of being an accomplished musician and songwriter as well as comedian. He is one of the few performers today who has the ability to generate laughter simply with the lift of an eyebrow or the droop of a lip. Todd’s combination of material, uncanny sense of timing and his complete uniqueness of personality has earned him the reputation as one of the hottest comedic performers in the country. At 6’4″ and 180 pounds Todd is a red-headed, walking, talking cartoon. Moving in and out of two or three characters within seconds will make anyone think they’re watching multiple performers. But it’s just Todd being Todd… or Quadro-man… or any one of the many characters that inhabit his act.

Ronnie Bullard has performed at Comedy Clubs and Colleges all over the U.S. and has done numerous military shows for our troops. His comedy CD is one of the top selling road tapes ever produced,and he has been heard on top radio shows in the U.S. including Bob and Tom, John Boy & Billy, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Ronnie has opened for Michael Bolton, Charlie Daniels, Three Dog Night, and Melissa Etheridge just to name a few. For the last 12 years Ronnie, has been one of thetop acts playingthe full fleet of Carnival Cruise Lines ships.

Doors open at 6:00pm for this 7:00pm show, Feb 23, 2018. Reserved seating starts at $30. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Aladdin
Jun 22 - 24, 2018

Alladin at the Temple Theatre
Youth ProductionMusicalFamily Friendly
Sponsored by

 

Princess Jasmine must choose a husband by tomorrow night or be forced to marry the Royal Vizier, Jafar. Jafar hatches a plan with his parrot, Iago, to use the lamp from the Cave of Wonders to steal the throne from the Sultan. As the Tiger God pronounces that only the "diamond in the rough" can take the lamp, Jafar sees a vision of Aladdin stealing a loaf of bread. While escaping from the angry mob of Vendors, Aladdin runs into Princess Jasmine in disguise. Finally caught by the Palace Guards, Jasmine reveals her identity, trying in vain to save her new friend, Aladdin. Jafar releases Aladdin from jail on the condition that he retrieve the lamp. In the Cave of Wonders, the very hungry Aladdin takes a banana, which causes the cave to trap him inside. Aladdin rubs the lamp for some light, which releases the Genie, who offers him three wishes...

This is a special presentation of Disney's Aladdin, featuring the Session I students of Temple's 17th Annual Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory. The show is open to the general public. Reserved seating for adults is $14 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will go on sale May 28, 2018 at noon. Performance times will be 6/22 - 7:30pm, 6/23 - 2pm & 7:30pm, and 6/24 - 2pm. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

How To Eat Like A Child
Jun 29 - 30, 2018

How To Eat Like A Child at the Temple Theatre
Youth ProductionMusicalFamily Friendly
Sponsored by

 

This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Children give twenty-three lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically. The pace is fast, the tone subversive, and the recognition instant.

This is a special presentation of How To Eat Like A Child, featuring the students of Temple's inaugural Junior Musical Theatre Conservatory. The show is open to the general public. Reserved seating for adults is $14 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will go on sale May 28, 2018 at noon. Performance times will be 6/29 - 7:30pm, and 6/30 - 2pm & 7:30pm. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Into The Woods
Jul 13 - 15, 2018

Into The Woods at the Temple Theatre
Youth ProductionMusicalFamily Friendly
Sponsored by

 

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.

The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

With unforgettable roles, minimal dancing and no chorus, Into the Woods showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it more accessible to young performers.

This is a special presentation of Into the Woods, featuring the students of Temple's 3rd Annual Teen Musical Theatre Conservatory. The show is open to the general public. Reserved seating for adults is $14 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will go on sale May 28, 2018 at noon. Performance times will be 7/13 - 7:30pm, 7/14 - 2pm & 7:30pm, and 7/15 - 2pm. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Henry Cho
Jul 20, 2018

Henry Cho at the Temple Theatre
ComedyFamily Friendly
Sponsored by All Digital Printing

 

Henry’s TV credits include appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late, Late, Show, and NBC’s Young Comedians Special. He served two years as host of NBC’s Friday Night Videos and had many guest roles on various network sitcoms. Henry was co-creator, co-producer and co-writer of The Henry Cho Show on GAC.

Henry’s one hour Comedy Central Special, What’s That Clickin Noise? is currently running and on Netflix. Henry can also be heard daily on Sirrus, XM, Blue Collar Radio and Pandora. He’s also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.

Some of Henry’s film credits include Universal’s McHale’s Navy with Tom Arnold and David Allen Greer; Say It Isn’t So with Heather Graham and Sally Field; and Material Girls with Hilary Duff and Angelica Houston, produced by Madonna.

Henry was the keynote entertainer for The 59th Annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner and has worked extensively with Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Reba and many, others. Henry’s clean comedy is so versatile that he can headline Vegas and then tour with Michael W. Smith in the same month.

Henry recently filmed the Faith-based Indy film Saving Faith in which he co-starred and also co-producer. The movie is in selected theatres now and Henry has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film by the International Christian Film Festival.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Feb 23, 2018. Reserved seating starts at $30. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

This performance was originally scheduled for Feb 23, but had to be postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you had tickets for the original date, contact the Box Office and coordinate either a refund or an exchange. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Aug 1 - 4, 2018

Shakespeare In Depot Park
Youth ProductionMusicalFamily Friendly
Sponsored by

 

Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia's father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor, and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. According to Athenian law, Hermia is given four days to choose between Demetrius, life in a nunnery, or a death sentence. Hermia, ever defiant, chooses to escape with Lysander into the surrounding forest.

Complications arise in the forest. Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of Fairies, are locked in a dispute over a boy whom Titania has adopted. Oberon instructs his servant Puck to bring him magic love drops, which Oberon will sprinkle on the Queen's eyelids as she sleeps, whereupon Titania will fall in love with the first creature she sees upon awakening. Meanwhile, Helena and Demetrius have also fled into the woods after Lysander and Hermia. Oberon, overhearing Demetrius's denouncement of Helena, takes pity upon her and tells Puck to place the magic drops upon the eyelids of Demetrius as well, so that Demetrius may fall in love with Helena. Puck, however, makes the mistake of putting the drops on the eyelids of Lysander instead. Helena stumbles over Lysander in the forest, and the spell is cast; Lysander now desires Helena and renounces a stunned Hermia.

In the midst of this chaos, a group of craftsmen are rehearsing for a production of "Pyramus and Thisbe," to be played for the Duke at his wedding. Puck impishly casts a spell on Bottom to give him the head of a donkey. Bottom, as luck would have it, is the first thing Titania sees when she awakens; hence, Bottom ends up being lavishly kept by the Queen. Oberon enjoys this sport, but is less amused when it becomes apparent that Puck has botched up the attempt to unite Demetrius and Helena. Oberon himself anoints Demetrius with the love potion and ensures that Helena is the first person he sees; however, Helena understandably feels that she is now being mocked by both Demetrius and Lysander (who is still magically enamored of her).

Finally, Oberon decides that all good sports must come to an end. He puts the four lovers to sleep and gives Lysander the antidote for the love potion so that he will love Hermia again when they all wake up. Next, Oberon gives Titania the antidote, and the King and Queen reconcile. Theseus and Hippolyta then discover Lysander, Hermia, Helena, and Demetrius asleep in the forest. All return to Athens to make sense of what they think is a strange dream. Likewise, Bottom returns to his players, and they perform "Pyramus and Thisbe" at the wedding feast (which has since become a wedding of three couples). As everyone retires, fairies perform their blessings and Puck delivers a tender epilogue soliloquy.

This is a special presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring the students of Temple's 4th Annual Shakespeare Intensive. The show is open to the general public free of charge at Depot Park in downtown Sanford, NC. Performance times are at 8pm daily from Aug 1 through Aug 4, 2018.

Aladdin
Aug 10 - 12, 2018

Alladin at the Temple Theatre
Youth ProductionMusicalFamily Friendly
Sponsored by

 

Princess Jasmine must choose a husband by tomorrow night or be forced to marry the Royal Vizier, Jafar. Jafar hatches a plan with his parrot, Iago, to use the lamp from the Cave of Wonders to steal the throne from the Sultan. As the Tiger God pronounces that only the "diamond in the rough" can take the lamp, Jafar sees a vision of Aladdin stealing a loaf of bread. While escaping from the angry mob of Vendors, Aladdin runs into Princess Jasmine in disguise. Finally caught by the Palace Guards, Jasmine reveals her identity, trying in vain to save her new friend, Aladdin. Jafar releases Aladdin from jail on the condition that he retrieve the lamp. In the Cave of Wonders, the very hungry Aladdin takes a banana, which causes the cave to trap him inside. Aladdin rubs the lamp for some light, which releases the Genie, who offers him three wishes...

This is a special presentation of Disney's Aladdin, featuring the Session II students of Temple's 17th Annual Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory. The show is open to the general public. Reserved seating for adults is $14 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will go on sale May 28, 2018 at noon. Performance times will be 8/10 - 7:30pm, 8/11 - 2pm & 7:30pm, and 8/12 - 2pm. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Aug 18, 2018

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

We had so much fun last year, we had to do it again!

On August 18th, the freaks will descend on the Temple Theatre again, as we screen the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show, not once... but twice.

Brad and Janet, newly engaged, stumble onto the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter during a rainstorm. Taking refuge in the castle, they're present for the doctor's unveiling of his newest creation, Rocky. Over the course of the night, Frank seduces both Brad and Janet, Janet and Rocky become involved biblically, Dr. Everett Scott arrives looking for his son Eddie (whom Frank killed earlier in the film), and it all goes to pot when the guests discover that Frank is actually an alien (a transvestite from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy Transylvania) who's succeeded in creating the Sonic Transducer, "an audio-vibratory physiomolecular transport device" capable of "breaking down solid matter and then projecting it through space and, who knows, perhaps even time itself."

Show times are 7pm and 11:59pm on Aug 18, 2017. Seating is $10 for each performance. Can you come in costume? Absolutely. Will we be selling prop kits. Absolutely. Can you volunteer to help clean up the theatre? Ummm... ABSOLUTELY.

To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
Dec 31, 2018

Tommy Edwards 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, 2017. Reserved seating is $20. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.