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
Bacchanal Steel Band
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Bacchanal Steel Band at the Temple
Live Band Family Friendly


The Bacchanal Steel Band from Cincinnati, is a premiere Caribbean ensemble, promoting the world’s newest acoustic instrument through performance, demonstration, and storytelling. Since 1999, Bacchanal (which means "huge party") has been entertaining and educating throughout the midwest with it’s combination of calypso, soca, reggae, pop, and classical music. From Belafonte, to Beethoven, to Buffet, audiences marvel at the lush tones produced on these instruments made from 55-gallon oil barrels. The band has performed throughout the Caribbean, even opening for The Beach Boys. Their debut CD, Standard, on the Stork record label, features music written for “pan” by the greatest composers of the genre.

Doors open at 6pm for this 7:00pm show. Reserved seating is $10. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015

Temple Theatre's 8th Annual Art Walk
Live Music Family Friendly

Come enjoy a stroll through town as members of the Sanford Brush & Palette display their work. Artists will be on location with their work in shops throughout the downtown. At each stop, sample one of our 18 international wines. Admission before 4/10/15 is $30 an includes a commemorative glass, two raffle tickets, and the wine tasting.

All proceeds go to benefit the Temple Theatre.

We're opening the wine at 2:30, and the event will go on unitl 7pm. For reservations, click here.

Thank you to Howard & Patty Bokhoven for sponsoring the wine!

Heart of Carolina Jazz Society
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

Heart of Carloina Jazz featuring Mike LeDonne at the Temple
Live Music Family Friendly
featuring Mike LeDonne


The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society, led by Gregg Gelb, takes to the Temple stage once again, this time featuring one of the most talented jazz pianists on the planet, Mike LeDonne.

Pianist Mike LeDonne started playing piano at the age of five, and was raised in his parent’s music store. By ten, his father was booking him gigs. At 21, Mike graduated from New England Conservatory and moved to New York City with the Widespread Jazz Orchestra. In '81, he travelled to the UK with Panama Francis & The Savoy Sultans.

Upon his return, Mike began a two-year stint as the house pianist at Jimmy Ryan’s, then one of New York’s oldest jazz clubs. He played with old masters like Roy Eldridge, Papa Jo Jones, and Vic Dickenson. Mike spent two years with The Benny Goodman Sextet and went on to play with Buddy Tate, Al Grey, Ruby Braff, and many others. Later, he worked with the Art Farmer-Clifford Jordan Quintet, went to Paris with Grady Tate, and played with modern masters like James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Charles McPherson, Sonny Rollins and Bobby Hutcherson. He also spent time as accompanist to singers Ernestine Anderson, Annie Ross, and Etta Jones.

In 1988 Mike started playing with the Milt Jackson Quartet (along with Mickey Roker and Bob Cranshaw). In the fall of 1992, Mike was chosen for the Phillip Morris Superband World Tour. Mike has also toured with the Newport All-Stars in lineups that featured Harry “Sweets” Edison and Clark Terry; and has led trios that have included greats like Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Hart, Pete LaRoca, and Louis Hayes.

Mike is on over 100 CD’s as a sideman, and has recorded 16 of his own, five on Criss Cross Jazz, three on Double Time Records, seven on Savant, and one on Cellar Live. In 2003, he released his first album with The Groover Quartet. In 2012, the Jazz Journalists Association nominated Mike for Best Keyboards for his Keep The Faith CD, and he won the Downbeat Rising Star Award for Organ.

Mike is the co-author of Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception for Piano and Piano Comping books, on Advance Music. Mike spent 4 years on the faculty at the Juilliard School of Music and is one of the founders of the Jazz For Teens program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J.

Doors open at 7pm for this 8:00pm show. Reserved seating is $20 ($12 for students). Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

6th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

6th Annual Temple Golf Tournament
Family Friendly
sponsored by Edward Jones, Coca-Cola, Sanford Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Wilkinson Cadillac


Has it really been 6 years?

Tobacco Road will host this year's Temple Theatre Golf Tournament. Lunch will be served ahead of a 1:30pm shotgun start.

Come out and enjoy a beautiful day on a truly unique course. All proceeds go to benefit the Temple Theatre. Click here to download a registration form.

For more information, call Denny Woodruff at 919-888-1701.

Travis Powell & TCB Experience Band
Nov 13 & 14, 2015

Elvis at the Temple Theatre
Live Band Family Friendly


Internationlly renowned tribute artist, Travis Powell, makes his triumphant return to the Temple stage with three spectacular shows over two nights. Performing with TCB Experience, Travis pays his respects to three of The King's most iconic performances.

Las Vegas - 1970 (11/13/15 8pm)

At the International Hotel in Las Vegas, the 1970 That's Not The Way It Is concerts marked Elvis's return after years of Hollywood films. Elvis put on what attendees called a mesmerizing show. Video of the concerts, along with rehearsals and candid footage of Elvis would be compiled and released as a documentary film. Relive the profound talent of Elvis and his crew, as well as the undeniable chemistry Elvis had with those Vegas audiences.


Madison Square Garden - 1972 (11/14/15 1pm)

The first time Elvis returned to the Big Apple since the 1950s, the four Madison Square Garden shows in June of 1972 were sold out - reaching over 80,000 fans. George Harrison, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen were in attendance for the MSG show. A recording of those shows was released a week later and topped the charts, and ultimately went triple platinum. The MSG shows are arguably the most powerful performances of Elvis's career.


Aloha From Hawaii - 1973 (11/14/15 8pm)

Elvis became the first single performer to be broadcast live via satellite round the world in his Aloha From Hawaii special on January 14, 1973. The broadcast would air in over 40 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia, reaching over one billion viewers. No expense was spared in what was the most expensive musical production to date - costing over $2.5 million. And Elvis's performance was priceless. Having just turned 38 years of age days before, Elvis was at the peak of his career. Thirty songs included I'll Remember You, which raised over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, displaying Elvis' heart for charity. Also among the songs was American Trilogy, performed in the stunning Eagle jumpsuit, is one of the most compelling and patriotic renditions ever delivered.

Reserved for each performance is $25. The VIP section in the balcony is $25. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or click here to order online.

Prior to each show, there will be a meet and greet with Travis and the other performers. Attendees will have an opportunity to take pictures with them and listen as they share stories from the road. The cost to attend is $20.

Fans wishing to attend all three shows can for a total ticket price of $60. These VIP tickets are only avaialable over the phone.