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
Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra
Nov 11, 2017

Heart of Carolina Jazz at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

Gregg Gelb returns with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra to perform a show they're calling Swingin' Broadway. Joining them is renowned jazz trumpeter, Brandon Lee. Brandon was selected by Wynton Marsalis to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for a Louis Armstrong PBS special. In 2001, Brandon would become one of 18 students selected to become a part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Brandon performed with many of the jazz giants including Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, Clark Terry and Hank Jones, just to name a few. Brandon represented the jazz program as he has traveled to Ireland, England, Italy, Japan, and Costa Rica, and El Salvador. On many occasions, he taught master classes and performed in major concert halls with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. In 2005 Brandon completed his Bachelors of Music degree and in 2007 he completed his Masters of Music degree at The Juilliard School.

In August of 2007 Brandon released his debut album, From Within, and in March of 2010, Brandon released his second CD entitled Absolute-Lee, which featured all original compositions. Both recordings continue to be featured on radio and satellite stations throughout the US and abroad.

Since 1990, the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra 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 2002, the orchestra’s book has over 240 tunes (and growing). The book includes a carefully considered repertoire of pieces that reflect a wide range of Big Band Jazz styles and arrangements. Included are classics such as Two O’clock Jump, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and Frenesi, as well as many ballads like The Nearness of You, Imagination, and September Song. That’s a far cry from the 10 or so tunes in the book at their first Fearrington Fall Fling where they had to play pieces twice and some thrice to fill the time!

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show on Nov 11, 2017. Reserved seating for adult 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.

Breach of Peace
Nov 17, 2017

Mike Wiley's Breach of Peace
Live BandFamily Friendly
presented by CCCC

 

May 24, 1961 was the day 19-year-old Jean Thompson’s father had prepared her for her entire life. “My parents always talked about the injustice of segregation, but they were optimistic; they didn’t feel like it was going to last forever,” Thompson recalled. “They raised us to be ready. I remember my dad saying the day will come, and when it does, you should be ready.”

On that day, she boarded a Trailways bus in Montgomery, Alabama with 11 other young Freedom Riders bound for New Orleans – and history. Within three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle to desegregate buses, following the path of the first brave few. Mobs bloodily assaulted many. Others were arrested shining a light on a brutal, segregated South. Breach of Peace is based on true accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Rides as well as many other individuals involved in the early struggle for African-American equality.

This solo-play is a living monument to those remarkable young men and women of various races, religions and backgrounds who rose to face the dangers of fighting for just and equal treatment for all.

There are two performances of Breach of Peace, both on Nov 17, 2017. The first is a 12:30pm matinee, and the second is at 7:30pm. Reserved seating is $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert
Nov 18, 2017

Bill Stonehouse at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly
sponsored by Re/Max Real Estate Services & LAMCO Property Management

 

 

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums and 11 multi-platinum albums.

In honor of Neil Diamond's fifty years in music, the Temple Theatre proudly presents the Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert featuring Bill Stonehouse & His All-Star Band. For decades, Bill Stonehouse has been entertaining crowds across the country with his tribute performances, most notably as Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Nov 18, 2017. Reserved seating is $20. VIP tickets are available for $30 and include a catered reception at Re/Max Real Estate Services. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

The Embers' Christmas Show
Nov 21, 2017

The Embers at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly
sponsored by Re/Max Real Estate Services & LAMCO Property Management

 

The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades and all the crazes continuing to exhibit top quality showmanship, musicianship and professionalism. Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music. This group has traveled the country and the world and have performed for every event imaginable from the highest dignitaries to the hottest back yard frat parties.

The Embers are widely considered a musical marvel and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. A true musical tradition with which many Americans have grown. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. Simply put – Heart and Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Feel Good Music.

Today, touring is commonplace for The Embers regularly boasting an average of 225 shows per year. The Embers also embark on a cruise each year for their friends and fans to various locations throughout the Caribbean. The Embers also continue their tradition of Christmas shows throughout the holiday season this year celebrating their 8th consecutive season!

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Nov 21, 2017. Reserved seating is $20. VIP tickets are available for $30 and include a catered reception at Re/Max Real Estate Services. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

The Magic of Christmas
Dec 5, 2017

Lee County Orchestra
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

The Lee County Orchestra and Temple Teen Ensemble are once again teaming up to spread the holiday joy, each performing all your holiday favorites. The night's performance will feature appearances by Elsa and Anna, and if you're nice.... Santa!

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Dec 5, 2017. Reserved seating is $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Sweet Potato Pie's Homegrown Christmas
Dec 12, 2017

Sweet Potato Pie at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

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 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Dec 12, 2017. 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, 2017

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.

Henry Cho
Feb 23, 2018

Henry Cho at the Temple Theatre
ComedyFamily Friendly

 

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.

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.

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 Riot
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 Riot. 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.

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.