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Kelly Wright joins Temple Theatre staff

Sanford, NC – Kelly Wright, a Sanford resident, has joined the Temple Theatre as their Marketing Director.  Wright replaces Michelle Morie, who resigned earlier this month to pursue other opportunities.

“Michelle will certainly be missed.” Peggy Taphorn, Producing Artistic Director, said.  “She has done a great job for the theatre and we wish her the best.” In this role, Wright is responsible for promoting the Temple Theatre, its productions and educational opportunities, through various outlets, including networking, print, electronically, and via the internet.  “This is an exciting time to join the Temple, as we have just finished our 25th season, and are starting work now on the 2009-2010 season, “ Wright offered.

In addition to her work endeavors, Kelly has been active in several civic, leadership and professional organizations including: Leedership Sanford, United Way of Lee County, Sanford Kiwanis Club, the Sanford Area Association of Realtors, the Sanford Area Home Builders Association, Sanford Business and Professional Women, Sanford Assembly Club, and numerous animal rescue/adoption organizations.  Kelly and her husband, Brandon, have lived in Sanford since 2000.

Although the Temple had a shaky start to the new year, experiencing tremendous financial difficulties as the result of a free-falling economy, things are looking up now.  “Thanks to the generosity of the Sanford community, the Temple was not only able to finish the 2008-2009 season, but has now announced the 2009-2010 season” Wright said.

Peggy Taphorn, Producing Artistic Director, and the Temple staff are ever-more encouraged as they announce the new season.  “We have alot to be excited about”, Taphorn offered, “Financially, we’re not out of the woods yet, but I am optimistic that Sanford will continue to support us in our efforts.  Our fundraisers to help ‘Save the Temple’ have all been a success”.

Flexible season passes are now on sale, offering ‘six for $96’ or ‘four for $64’. “Although we normally do more shows each season, we decided to scale-back this year, given the continued economic uncertainty,” Taphorn said.  The 2009-2010 season, which kicks off in September, includes Bingo! The Musical, Stones in His Pockets, A Christmas Carol, Blood Done Sign My Name, Marty’s ‘El Paso’, and a favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein Classical Musical whose name cannot be disclosed at this time.

To find out more about the new season, please visit the website at, or you can call our box office, 919.774.4155, to order your season pass.

“Also, anyone interested in advertising in our 2009-2010 playbill can call me directly at 919.774-4512 x-221,” Wright offered.