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 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.

Rob Matthews & Friends
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rob Matthews & Friends at the Temple
Live Music Family Friendly
sponsored by Joe's Deli


Do you enjoy singing along to live music? If so, you don't want to miss Sanford's own Rob Matthews! Rob's been tearing it up for years, but this is the first time he's appeared on the Temple stage. To mark the ocassion, Rob is bringing a couple friends along to open the show. Singer/songwriters Curtis Cash & The Family will get things started. And then Sevryn Schaller will make his Temple debut!

10 lucky ticket holders for this show will win $20 gift cards to Sanford's newest downtown eatery, Joe's Deli.

Come check out Rob Matthews & Friends on May 12, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 for a 7pm show. Reserved seating is $8. Call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or CLICK HERE to order online.

Curtis Cash & The Family
The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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

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!

We are proud to welcome this iconic group back to the Temple Theatre. Come out and enjoy this sensational evening with us!

The doors will open at 6:30. Reserved seating is $20. For reservations, click here or call 919-774-4155.

VIP Seating is available for $30 and includes a pre-show meet and greet with the band. These VIP passes ARE NOT available 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.