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The Andrews Brothers Is Another Smash Hit for Temple Theatre of Sanford’s Peggy Taphorn

The Andrews Brothers is another smash hit staged by Temple Theatre of Sanford artistic director Peggy Taphorn. Created and written by Roger Bean, with music and vocal arrangements by Bean, Michael Borth, and Jon Newton, The Andrews Brothers is a tour through World War II music made popular by the great singing trio, The Andrews… Read More ›

Temple Theatre will present Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming Thursday-Sunday through May 15th

The Sanders Family Makes Its Triumphant Return to Sanford in Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming

The Sanders Family, who are the subjects of three of the most-performed gospel-musical shows in the United States for the past 20 years, were conceived by Alan Bailey; and the three scripts were written by Connie Ray. Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming (2006), now playing at Temple Theatre in Sanford, is the third of those… Read More ›

Professor Henry Higgins (John Allore) tutors Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Haley Best-Jernigan)

Temple Theatre’s Production of “My Fair Lady” Is Purely Professional and Completely Entertaining

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady, which has been called “the perfect musical” is one of our all-time favorites. Since its 1956 Broadway opening wherein it became the longest-running musical of its time, it still ranks 20th among all long-running shows. It is currently being performed at Temple Theatre in Sanford, and… Read More ›

The N.C. Symphony performed "An Evening of Broadway" June 19th in Booth Amphitheatre

How to Dampen “An Evening of Broadway” with the N.C. Symphony in Three Easy Steps

If you’ve read any of the reviews Kurt Benrud and I have done, you know that Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary is one of our favorite places to hear music. It’s natural, wooded setting on a small pond is intimate, relaxing, and a perfect size for a concert. They let you bring food and wine,… Read More ›

Shown here (from left) are Brian Malone on drums, Michael Hudson Heath on guitar, Justin Drogemueller on bass, Andrew Crowe on keyboards, Jennie Malone on accordion, and Jessica Bradish on guitar

“Ring of Fire” at the Temple Theatre Is a Musical Tribute to “The Man in Black,” Johnny Cash

Last Friday night, a sextet of multifaceted performers in Ring of Fire showered the audience at Temple Theatre in Sanford with reminiscences of famous country singer Johnny Cash; and the audience couldn’t have been more receptive. Cash, who quickly rose to national popularity that overflowed the country/western audience of the 1960s right up to his… Read More ›

"I'll Never Be Hungry Again" is an outrageous musical satire of Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"

Don’t Think About This Tomorrow — Get Your Tickets Now for “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again”!

Satire is kind of dangerous these days; but if you’re courageous (and not easily offended), the Temple Theatre’s current production of I’ll Never Be Hungry Again, with music by Gary Bartholomew and book and lyrics by Catherine Bush, will be right up your alley. The show is Margaret Mitchell rewritten with song and dance and… Read More ›

Temple Theatre in Sanford is presenting "The Sanders Family Christmas" on Dec. 4-7, 11-14, and 18-21

“The Sanders Family Christmas” at the Temple Theatre in Sanford Is Good Old-Fashioned Fun

We were jubilant seeing the Sanders family once again at Temple Theatre in Sanford, NC. They were last seen this past March in Smoke on the Mountain. The Sanders Family Christmas is one of three musicals — among the most performed musicals in the past 20 years, according to Wikipedia — with book written by… Read More ›

Raleigh's Ira David Wood IV, who tackles the title role in the Temple Theatre's production of "Dracula," is shown here with the count's three brides (from left): Diana Cameron McQueen, Elizabeth Fleming, and A. C. Donohue (photo by Bills Saunders)

Peggy Taphorn’s Adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” Will Delight Temple Theatre Audiences

Temple Theatre artistic director Peggy Taphorn’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, Dracula, flew off the stage Friday night like a big, blood-hungry vampire, reeking laughter and goose bumps galore. It was a marvelous follow-up to the Carolina Ballet’s magnificent performance of the story the previous week in Raleigh, which continues through next week…. Read More ›