Sanford, NC – The Temple Theatre and Producing Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn are proud to announce the 2009-2010 season for Temple Theatre’s Main Stage Series. The Temple Theatre’s 26th season promises to entertain and engage audiences from rousing musicals to side-splitting comedies, from the dramatic to a musical for country music fans, as well as highly anticipated regional premieres. The season will consist of six productions.
“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.”
The Temple Theatre’s 2009-2010’s Main Stage season consists of:
Bingo! The Musical
Written by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid, and David Holcenberg
September 3 – September 20
It’s not just for your grandparents, so get your card, get ready to play, and shout BINGO!
A splashy and fun musical comedy about a colorful group of die-hard Bingo players and friends, Vern, Honey and Patsy, whose lives are thrown into a tizzy when a young stranger blows through their bingo hall and makes them confront their past. Hailed by The New York Times as “fun-loving musical theatre.” Under the Direction of and Starring Patrick Sullivan
Stones In His Pockets
By Marie Jones
October 15 – November 1
2 Men, 15 Characters and 200 Laughs!
A Hollywood film crew descends upon a small Irish village in County Kerry. Two locals, Jake Quinn and Charlie Conlon land jobs as extras. Jake is an out of work actor looking for a break. Charlie likes the free eats and hopes to shop his screenplay around. Two actors play all 15 characters including an American leading lady, bodyguards, drug addicts, and farmers in a storytelling tour-de-force. Winner of London’s Olivier Award for best comedy and garnered three Tony nominations in 2001. -Starring Michael Brocki
A Christmas Carol
Book by Charles Dickens; Original Adaptation by Michael Hoagland and Jeff Stockberger
November 27 – December 20
An original production created especially for Temple Theatre, by Michael Hoagland and Jeff Stockberger. A Christmas Carol features the traditional story of Scrooge, ghosts, and life-changing decisions. The production showcases traditional Christmas songs and melodies such as Carol of The Bells, Silent Night and God Rest Ye Marry Gentleman, as well as new songs written exclusively for this World Premiere production.
Blood Done Sign My Name
Book by Timothy Tyson; Adaptation by Mike Wiley
January 29- February 7
Duke Divinity School Professor Timothy Tyson, son of Reverend Vernon Tyson former pastor of Lee County’s Jonesboro Methodist and St. Luke’s Methodist Churches, published Blood Done Sign My Name in 2004.This best-selling memoir is about a racially-motivated murder of a 23-yr-old black U.S. Army veteran in Oxford, N.C. in 1970 and subsequent social upheaval: riots, boycotts, marches, and the burning of two tobacco warehouses. The book has been adapted for the stage by writer and actor Mike Wiley who brings Tim Tyson’s story to life. -Starring Mike Wiley
Marty’s El Paso
By Jason Petty
March 11- March 28
Temple Theatre patrons will recall the 2007 knock-out show Jason Petty brought as Hank Williams, Sr. in “Hank & His Honky Tonk Heroes”. This talented performer has developed a new show detailing the performing life of Marty Robbins. Petty recreates the western set of Robbins’ 1960’s TV show and pays tribute not only to Robbins, but also to some of his heroes: Gene Autrey, The Sons of the Pioneers and Hank Williams, Sr. -Starring Jason Petty
Rodgers & Hammerstein Classic Musical
April 29-May 16
The Temple Theatre’s final show of the season will be announced in November 30, 2009. The title is a secret, but it’s sure to enchant you. This Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece will treat audiences to a musical considered by most critics to be among the greatest of the 20th century. Participate in our “Guess The Title” contest by sending your entry and contact to Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford, NC 27330 by November 28, 2009. From all correct entries, a drawing will be held for one winner of four (4) tickets to this musical.
Season tickets will be on sale through September 30, 2009. Six-ticket Packages for $96.
Tickets for all Main Stage Shows are $20 for Adults; $16 for Thursday evening performances, groups, active military personnel, and Lee County Educators; and $10 for Students and children.
All tickets may be obtained through the Temple Theatre Box Office located at 120 Carthage Street in downtown Sanford.
Box Office hours are Mon-Wed/Fri 2:00-6:00 pm, Thu 2:00-5:00 pm, and open at the theatre’s box office one hour prior to show times.
Tickets by phone to the Box Office at 919-774-4155 and online ticketing available by visiting the Temple Theatre website at www.templeshows.com.