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
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Aug 18, 2017

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.

Country Cool Comedy Tour
Aug 25, 2017

Country Cool Comedy at the Temple Theatre
ComedyFamily Friendly


Country Cool is a straight-shootin’, no-holds-barred comedy show that laughs at what we’re all dealin’ with…the “this can’t really be happening” moments in life that make us feel like we’re losing our minds, one traffic jam at a time. Trish Suhr, Karen Mills and Leanne Morgan, all headlining comedians, have southern roots but are well-traveled, diverse, razor sharp and savvy. Their no-nonsense approach “tells it like it is” but, of course, with charm and style. It’s not redneck; it’s not white trash -- these girls are country cool! It’s comedy for the masses, because, let’s face it, everybody’s got a little country in ‘em. These three women have been friends for more than a decade and have stood in it, walked through it and come out the other side laughing. Whether it’s overcoming cancer, the loss of a beloved pet or talking each other down from the hormonal ledge, they continue to find the humor in everything life dishes out.

Emmy® Award winner Trish Suhr, a native of Kentucky now living in Los Angeles, puts a modern spin on keeping it real. The star of Style Network’s long running Clean House, she uses her southern sensibilities to navigate the big city and knows what it takes to stay in the game... spin classes, clean eating and Spanx! According to Trish, when the Spanx come off, it’s like opening a can of biscuits. Trish’s “sass and bourbon” approach to life has landed her on top television shows including Good Morning America, The New Ricki Lake Show, The Marie Osmond Show, Good Day LA, Good Day NY, as well as on a variety of programs for CMT, VH1, E!, Style Network, and Lifetime Networks.

Chosen by ABC’s The View as one of “the most hilarious housewives,” Leanne Morgan exudes southern charm. She is a naturally funny storyteller who gives an honest look at suburban life and the challenges of keeping her husband happy while juggling kids, dogs and cheerleading camp -- while, at the same time, racing to get her hair highlighted, have a colonoscopy and join Weight Watchers for the seventh time! Leanne will take you on a hilarious walk through motherhood and beyond as she finds comedy amidst the chaos. Leanne’s funny but honest point of view has earned her spots on The Dr. Phil Show as part of his “advice panel.” She’s also worked with Paula Dean both live in theaters as well as numerous appearances on her cooking shows. Leanne was a finalist on Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom in America and is heard regularly on Sirius XM. She also has her own show on Blue Collar Radio called Chewing the Fat.

Karen Mills has a straight-forward approach to the realities of life. Her smart, funny and keen observations will keep you laughing at yourself as you relate to her experiences. Even ovarian cancer couldn’t stop Karen from turning pain into punchlines. Now cancer free, Karen brings a fast paced comedy style that both men and women love. Karen has been a nationally touring comedian for 22 years. She’s worked clubs, colleges and theaters across the country and can be heard daily on SiriusXM Blue Collar Radio, Laugh USA, iHeart Radio, and Pandora. Additionally, her stand up has been seen on FOX, ABC & GACtv. Standing at only 5’2”, Karen was a division 1, first team All-American basketball player at UT-Chattanooga and was the first women inducted into their basketball hall of fame.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Aug 25, 2017. Reserved seating starts $25. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Michael Cleveland & The Flamekeeper - Cancelled
Oct 13

Michael Cleveland at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Michael Cleveland picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA's award show. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest apperances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. After high school Mike briefly toured with then-named Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in 2000. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Player of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. In 2002 Mike rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band. That year he won the Fiddle Player of the Year award and again in 2004. Mike's first project as a Rounder recording artist, Flame Keeper, was released in February 2002 and was chosen the IBMA's Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2004, Mike shared the Instrumental Album of the Year award with Tom Adams for Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland Live at the Ragged Edge, an album of fiddle and banjo duets. In September 2006 Mike took home his fourth Fiddle Player of the Year Award from the IBMA, and his second solo album on Rounder Records, Let 'Er Go, Boys!, won Instrumental Album of the Year. A year later, in 2007, Mike won his fifth fiddle player award and has won it every year since for a total of ten, making him the most awarded in that category. Today Mike is a sought-after guest and has performed with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain, and The Wildwood Valley Boys. He is also an active studio musician, and his credits include the 2005 GRAMMY-nominated A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass and a 2003 GRAMMY winner, Jimmy Sturr's Let's Polka 'Round. Mike lives in Charlestown, Indiana.

Doors open at 6:30pm for this 7:30pm show, Oct 13, 2017. Reserved seating is $20. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Michael Cleveland & The Flamekeeper have been forced to cancel several concert dates, including our show here at the Temple. We are working with their management to re-schedue the show at a later date. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you purchased tickets and have not yet been contacted by the Box Office about a refund, please call 919-774-4155.

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.

Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert
Nov 18, 2017

Bill Stonehouse at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly


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.

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.

James Gregory
Apr 7, 2018

Tommy Edwards 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 16, 2017

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.