Triangle Arts and Entertainment – News and Reviews Theatre Dance Music Arts

Tag: Temple theatre

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's cast for Jones Hope Wooten's The Savannah Sipping Society includes (from left) Shirley Proctor, Greta Marie Zandstra, Lynda Clark, and Peggy Taphorn (photo by Tracy Kittrell Spaulding)

The Savannah Sipping Society Is a Tour de Force of Comedy at Temple Theatre of Sanford

Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten have been knocking out laughter filled scenarios for many years. Collectively known as Jones Hope Wooten, they have more the 4,400 productions and 35,000 performances of their combined works occurring around the world, including The Dixie Swim Club and Always a Bridesmaid, both done in recent years at… Read More ›

John Honeycutt (left) and Jerry Sipp star in Tuesdays with Morrie (photo by Valerie Taylor)

Jerry Sipp and John Honeycutt Bring Tuesdays with Morrie to Life (Again) at Temple Theatre

Jerry Sipp and John Honeycutt, the stars of Temple Theatre of Sanford’s current production of Tuesdays with Morrie, reprise their crowd-pleasing performances from this past February’s presentation of this two-character show, originally directed by Cary’s Andy Hayworth for Raleigh’s The Justice Theater Project. Messrs. Honeycutt and Sipp, once again under the direction of Mr. Hayworth,… 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 ›

Always a Bridesmaid Is a Laugh-Fest About Loving Friends Who Know Each Other a Tad Too Well

Temple Theatre’s production of Always a Bridesmaid, written by the prolific and widely known trio of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is populated by a group familiar to fans of their work, six very strong Southern women who are both determined and marvelously flawed as well as wonderfully funny, loyal, and loving. Four… 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 ›

emple Theatre will present Ken Ludwig's knee-slapping farce, "Fox on the Fairway," directed by Craig Rhyne, on April 2-5 and 9-12

Ken Ludwig’s “Fox on the Fairway” Is Fine Farcical Fare for Temple Theatre Patrons

“Golf,” according to Mark Twain, “is a good walk spoiled.” Be that as it may, what happens in the club house is often just as dramatic — and in the case of The Fox on the Fairway, playwright Ken Ludwig’s take on the sport and its aficionados, hilarious as all get-out. When the curtain rises… 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 ›

Sunny Smith, Elliot Lane, and Lynda Clark star as Laurey, Curly, and Aunt Eller in Temple Theatre's presentation of "Oklahoma!" (photo by Peggy Taphorn)

Temple Theatre’s Rendition of the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical “Oklahoma!” Is a Hit

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II came together in 1941 and broke the mold of American Musical Theater with Oklahoma!, by reversing the process and writing the lyrics first and then the music. As it turned out, that also meant the songs bore partial responsibility for telling the story, rather than breaking away from it,… Read More ›

Great theatre in your own backyard

You don’t have to live near the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts or Durham Performing Arts Center to see great shows. Bob Morrow, publisher of Triangle Arts and Entertainment, points the way to fun theater and great performances in and around the Triangle. For a line up of other great shows to catch,… Read More ›

Inaugural Brick City Brew Fest Logo Design Winner

The Brick City Brew Festival is Saturday, October 15, from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Depot Park in Sanford, North Carolina.

"Crowns" closes Dec. 19th in Raleigh and reopens Jan. 28th in Sanford

Hallelujah! The Revival of “Crowns” Might Be Better Than the Original

With most of the original 2008 cast reprising their roles, under the always dynamic direction of Rebecca Holderness, “Crowns” is a visceral roof-raising celebration in music, dance, and drama of African-American church women and their hats.

Disney’s The Jungle Book | Aug 6-8

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for one of our best-selling youth productions ever, Disney’s The Jungle Book!  This is one show that the entire family can enjoy as Mowgli and his jungle friends sing, dance, and have one wild adventure! Performances are Friday, August 6th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, August 7th… Read More ›

“The Jungle Book” Temple theatre Youth Conservatroy | July 9-11

You will be amazed how they are able to transform themselves into jungle animals ranging from monkeys to wolves and snakes to vultures.

Four Fayetteville Actors Star in Classic Musical

Four Fayetteville actors star through May 16 in a production considered by most critics to be among the greatest musicals of the 20th century. South Pacific, at the Temple Theatre in Sanford, stars Cape Fear Regional Theatre regulars Ken Griggs, Bill Barker, and Chris Emano, along with longtime Fayetteville actor Michael Brocki. Griggs stars as… Read More ›

Temple Theatre announces its Summer Youth Conservatories

Temple Theatre is excited to announce their 2010 Summer Youth Conservatories. This year, Temple Theatre will be producing Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book as the summer conservatory.


Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific | Apr 26 – May 16

Temple Theatre announces its final show of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific Temple Theatre invites you to get swept away to a magical island in the crystal blue waters of the South Pacific.  Please join Temple Theatre for their final show of the 2009-2010 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, which runs… Read More ›

Jazz Encounters Classical Music Temple Theatre

Jazz Encounters Classical Music | Apr 17-18

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend “Jazz Encounters Classical Music” performed by The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, directed by Gregg Gelb. The concerts are scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 18, 2010, 3:00 pm at Temple Theatre. “Jazz Encounters Classical Music” will feature new jazz arrangements of Brahms… Read More ›

Temple Theatre Sanford NC

Temple Theatre announces its 2010-2011 Season!

The season kicks off this summer with two youth conservatories of Disney’s The Jungle Book. Each conservatory has 38 local youth ages 8-18 and culminates with a weekend of performances.

Temple theatre

Jason Petty’s ‘El Paso’ | Mar 11- 28

Temple Theatre is excited to welcome back Jason Petty who charmed theatre patrons during Temple’s 2007-2008 season as Hank Williams, Sr. in Hank and His Honky Tonk Heroes.  This time, Jason is back and has developed a new show detailing the performing life of Marty Robbins.  Jason Petty’s ‘El Paso’ recreates the western set of… Read More ›

Winter Youth Conservatory Production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet | Feb 26-28 & Mar 5-7

Temple Theatre announces its 2010 Winter Youth Conservatory Production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  This show, featuring 26 upper-middle and high school age students, will run February 26-28 and March 5-7, 2010.  Friday and Saturday evening shows start at 7:00 pm and the Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children 12… Read More ›

Blood Done Sign My Name | Jan 29- Feb 7

The one-man show Blood Done Sign My Name is based on a book of the same name by Tim Tyson.  It has been adapted for the stage by writer and actor Mike Wiley, who magnificently brings the story to life. Tells the true story of the the 1970 murder of Henry Marrow in a rural… Read More ›

Country Comedy Tour | Jan 9

In an effort to increase our repertoire of quality entertainment, Temple Theatre has scheduled its first ever standup comedy show.  On Saturday night, January 9, 2010, Temple Theatre will host Country Comedy Tour.  This is a clean comedy show and is available to the whole family.  The featured comedians for the show are MG Gaskin… Read More ›

The Temple Theatre 2009-2010 Season Announcement

“Our 2009-2010 Main Stage Season will be filled with music, laughter, family classics, regional premieres, as well as world premieres,” said Temple Theatre Producing Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn. “At Temple Theatre we always strive to bring the highest level of exhilarating theatre in Central Carolina and our upcoming season provides a variety of new productions and timeless classics.”