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
8th 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 16th, 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. Click here to download a registration form.

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

The Embers
May 23, 2017

Travis Powell as Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

There are many bands or groups today yet few that are considered a musical institution. The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

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 were also honored to travel throughout South Korea to perform their Christmas special ‘Christmas with the Embers’ on American Military bases for America’s troops in December of 2007 and 2008. The Embers were awarded Military Coins of Excellence for their distinguished service.

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.

Doors open at 6pm for this 7pm shows. Reserved seating is $20. VIP seating which includes a pre-show reception at Hawkins House is $30. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Guns of Ava
May 26, 2017

Brenda Womble's Guns of Ava at the Temple Theatre
PlayFamily Friendly

 

Coming to the theater by popular demand, this thrilling three-act stage play is based on the true-life story of Ken Dula, a Vietnam combat soldier who finds himself grappling with love and war.  It’s a story compacted with reality and truth that expresses the beauty of romance and the inevitable consequences of combat.Set in the foothills of a small mountain town, Ken falls deeply in love with a young, charming girl, Ava. At first, things are going wonderfully for the two lovers. Then, the unimaginable happens. What Ken dreads the most is upon him--the military draft. Thrown into a muzzle of emotions, he breaks the news to Ava. With assurance that their love could stand against any force of destruction, he leaves for the treacherous war-torn country of South Vietnam. Yet, unknown to Ken, there is another demon that awaits him greater than the draft. This play identifies with the heartache, perplexities, and triumphs of soldiers seldom talked about except among fellow comrades. Guns of Ava gives a vivid depiction of the fragility of mankind, the effects of PTSD, and shows the resilience of the heart.

After earning a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, this native of Chatham County, Brenda Lindsey Womble became an educator and an award-winning nationally and internationally recognized actress, playwright, director and producer. She has appeared on ABC news, in newspapers and magazines and in the former years won an acting role with the late Jim Henson of Sesame Street. She competed and won in seven eastern states within the United States and became 7th in the nation of 250 participants in her category of prose (dramatic interpretation in Reader’s Theater. Recently her novel, Guns of Ava has been revered and highly acclaimed by the national winner of Literary Consultants, Ellexia Nguyen in Tarzana, California.

Show time is 7:30pm on May 26, 2017. Reserved seating for this show is $20. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

The Ultimate Tim McGraw Tribute
Jun 3, 2017

Travis Powell as Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live BandFamily Friendly

 

Tim McGraw is one of country music's most iconic performers. When he burst onto the scene with 'Indian Outlaw' in 1994, who could possibly have known that - 23 years later - he'd have amassed twelve #1 albums and a staggering 35 #1 singles?

Tim Hair became a huge fan (maybe the biggest) early on, and has been performing his Tim McGraw Tribute shows for over fifteen years, all over the country. In 2014 he joined Tim McGraw onstage in Raleigh, NC and sang in front of 20,000 people. 

If you're a Tim McGraw fan, you don't want to miss this special night at the Temple Theatre with Tim Hair performing his set with a live band.

Doors open at 7pm for this 8pm show, Jun 3, 2017. Reserved seating for each show is $10. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Rob Matthews Rockabilly Riot
Jun 9, 2017

Travis Powell as Elvis 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 6pm for this 7pm show on June 9th, 201. Reserved seating is $15. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Gallagher's Jokes on You Tour
Jun 15, 2017

Gallagher's Jokes on You at the Temple
Comedy Mature Audiences Only
Sponsored by

 

Sure, Gallagher is the famous watermelon smasher. Yes, he literally INVENTED the television stand-up comedy special. Absolutely, 14 Showtime specials is a big deal. And certainly 3,500 live shows to capacity crowds is worth mentioning. But how about that he is the reason they invented Comedy Central? Or that before him no one ever had that level of interaction with a live audience? Or that he was the #1 comedian (in ticket sales and ratings) for almost 15 years? Gallagher has led an extroardinary life, with an even more spectacular career. His fanbase is one of the most loyal there is, and he rewards them every chance he gets. Now he's headlining the Jokes on You Tour!

The Temple Theatre is proud to welcome Gallagher and his two special guests, Bob Nelson and Artie Fletcher.

Watching a Bob Nelson live performance is like watching several different types of top comedians all rolled up into one. Characters like the lovable nerd Eppy Epperman, punchy boxer Jiffy Jeff and chicken rancher Wilby Stuckinson are as funny and memorable as any you will see in comedy today. Bob’s football routine is a recognized comedy classic and “Morning”, his tale of a farmer and a duck, is one of the finest works of one man showmanship to grace the modern stage. If all that were not enough, Bob’s ability to relay personal stories and observations about everyday life put him in the same league as the best of today’s stand-up comics. His shows are filled with spontaneity, zaniness and singular moments that will astound you. Throughout his career Bob Nelson has been hailed as one of the most gifted funny people on the planet.

Artie Fletchert is one of the Entertainment Industry’s most talked-about “must-see” performers. No stranger to Film and Television, Commercials, Voice-overs, Print and Live Stand-up Comedy, Artie is taking the industry and Newstalk Radio waves by storm. Artie has been seen on Law and Order, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman and The Tonight Show. He has performed his dynamic act in such places as Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Radio City Music Hall, Westbury Music Fair, The Toyota Comedy Festival, The Chicago Comedy Festival and Universal Orlando…to name a few. Artie performs internationally, performing for audiences in places as diverse as England, Canada, Hong Kong and ArubaHe has righteously been spotlighted in Las Vegas, Radio City Music Hall, Atlantic City and opened for the likes of Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin, Howie Mandell and Tony Bennett. Regis Philbin described Artie’s ability to entertain and adjust his act to any situation as “Just unbelievable!” Joan Rivers affirmed, “The most interesting thing about Artie is that I’ve never seen so much energy from any person on and off stage.” Through the years Artie has met many people in the business all who have said, “Black or White, it doesn’t really matter, Artie is one of the hottest entertainers to watch!”

Doors open at 6:00 for the 7pm show on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Reserved seating is in Gallagher's 'Splash Zone' is $45. Reserved seating in the rest of the house is $35. Tickets are on sale now! Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

THIS SHOW IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!!!

!ESTE ESPECTÁCULO ES SOLO PARA AUDIENCIAS MADURAS!

The Wizard of Oz
Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2017

The Wizard of Oz at the Temple
Youth Production Musical Family Friendly
Sponsored by Duke Energy & Moen

 

Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl, lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. When Almira Gulch, who owns half the county, brings a sheriff's order to take Dorothy's little dog Toto away to have the dog destroyed, because Toto bit Miss Gulch's leg, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry refuse to go against the law, and they give the dog to Miss Gulch. However, as Miss Gulch rides away on her bicycle with Toto in her basket, the dog escapes and returns home. Realizing that Miss Gulch will come back, Dorothy runs away with Toto. They come to the wagon of the egotistical, but kindly Professor Marvel, a fortune-teller and balloonist, who tricks Dorothy into believing that her aunt has had an attack because she ran away.

Dorothy rushes home greatly concerned, but a cyclone's approach causes her difficulty, and by the time she gets to the farm, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry and the three farmhands have entered the storm cellar. Inside her room, Dorothy is hit on the head by a window and knocked unconscious. When she revives, she sees through the window that the house has risen up inside the cyclone. When she sees Miss Gulch, traveling in mid-air on her bicycle, transform into a witch on a broomstick, Dorothy averts her eyes. The house comes to rest in Munchkinland...

For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of this veteran comedian 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 - rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Join the Temple Theatre Summer Conservatory as they present The Wizard of Oz.

Reserved seating is $13 for adults and $7. Tickets go on sale at noon on May 16, 2017. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

Sweeney Todd
Jul 14 - 16, 2017

Sweeney Todd at the Temple
Musical Musical Family Friendly
Sponsored by Duke Energy & Moen

 

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.

Join the Temple Theatre Teen Conservatory as they present Sweeney Todd. Show times are 7/14 @ 7pm, 7/15 @ 2 & 7pm, and 7/16 @ 2pm.

Reserved seating is $13 for adults and $7. Tickets go on sale at noon on May 16, 2017. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

Hamlet
Jul 27 - 30, 2017

The Wizard of Oz at the Temple

The play begins with the recent death of King Hamlet, who was Prince Hamlet's father. Following his death, the king's brother Claudius, who was the uncle of the young prince, was crowned the King of Denmark. After assuming position as the new king, Claudius married Queen Gertrude, Prince Hamlet's mother. The young prince is outraged by the actions of Claudius and vows revenge. Not long after the death of his father and marriage of his mother and uncle, the ghost of King Hamlet appears to the prince. Previously, others in the kingdom believed that the king died because of a snake bite, but the ghost reveals that the king was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet then puts on a play for Claudius that reenacts the death of the king. The play concludes with Gertrude drinking from a poisoned cup, Hamlet stabbing Claudius and Hamlet being stabbed by a poisoned blade.

Join the Temple Theatre Shakepeare Intensive as they present Hamlet.

This is a FREE production held onstage in Depot Park. Show times are Jul 27 - Jul 30, 2017 at 8pm.

The Wizard of Oz
Aug 11 - 13, 2017

The Wizard of Oz at the Temple
Comedy Musical Family Friendly
Sponsored by Duke Energy & Moen

 

Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl, lives with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. When Almira Gulch, who owns half the county, brings a sheriff's order to take Dorothy's little dog Toto away to have the dog destroyed, because Toto bit Miss Gulch's leg, Auntie Em and Uncle Henry refuse to go against the law, and they give the dog to Miss Gulch. However, as Miss Gulch rides away on her bicycle with Toto in her basket, the dog escapes and returns home. Realizing that Miss Gulch will come back, Dorothy runs away with Toto. They come to the wagon of the egotistical, but kindly Professor Marvel, a fortune-teller and balloonist, who tricks Dorothy into believing that her aunt has had an attack because she ran away.

Dorothy rushes home greatly concerned, but a cyclone's approach causes her difficulty, and by the time she gets to the farm, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry and the three farmhands have entered the storm cellar. Inside her room, Dorothy is hit on the head by a window and knocked unconscious. When she revives, she sees through the window that the house has risen up inside the cyclone. When she sees Miss Gulch, traveling in mid-air on her bicycle, transform into a witch on a broomstick, Dorothy averts her eyes. The house comes to rest in Munchkinland...

For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of this veteran comedian 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 - rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Join the Temple Theatre Summer Conservatory as they present The Wizard of Oz.

Reserved seating is $13 for adults and $7. Tickets go on sale at noon on May 16, 2017. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

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.

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.

Tickets will go sale at Aug 1, 2017.