The Younts Center for Performing Arts presents a variety of performances each season, including community theater, chorale and symphony performances. In addition, it offers education and outreach for residents and visitors of all ages.
In 2017, the Cultural Arts Foundation Fountain Inn acquired the Younts Center from the city and opened its first season there in September of that year.
Executive Director Debbie Alphin and an outstanding staff of talented theater directors, actors, singers and professional administrative staff have worked tirelessly to bring unique and entertaining performances to the Younts Center. And with the support of volunteers and the community, the past three years have been an outstanding success.
Notable 2018 performances include the musical comedy “Nunsense” and an original musical revue, “Groovin,” showcasing great hits of the 1950s-70s. Both shows were nominated for local theater awards and the buzz has continued to grow with the Center’s enchanting production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” and a spectacular performance “Christmas Cabaret.”
The 2019 season included a phenomenal performance of “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” the soulful musical revue of “Motown Magic,” the enchanting performance of “Matilda” and ended with the sounds of the season in “A Carolina Christmas.” It was a magical year for the talented performers, directors, choreographers, set crews, costuming members and the Younts Center staff.
The Younts Center continues to host regional and national entertainment such as “The Drifters,” Rick Alviti’s Tribute to Elvis, 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience and Diane Bailey’s tribute to Patsy Cline. The Gospel Series has brought national acts to sold-out audiences. The Kingsman, the Isaacs, the Booth Brothers, The Whisnuts and The Ball Brothers all graced the stage in past performances.
The Younts Center opened its 2020 concert series with Departure, one of the most popular Journey tribute bands. The Kingsman open the Gospel Series in February, and a full lineup of performers such as Rick Alviti and The Glenn Miller Orchestra will also take the stage.
In addition to shows and performances, the Younts Center also offer several facility rentals, including the theater stage, atrium, banquet hall, meeting and classroom facilities. The Younts Theater seats 418 and is an excellent conference venue for various types of organizations and businesses.
The Cultural Arts Foundation board and staff are committed to continuing this venture to provide one of the best entertainment venues in the Upstate and make the Younts Center for Performing Arts the “Inn” place to be for performing arts.
The Cultural Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization that depends on community involvement and support to keep the Younts Center moving forward. For more information and a list of upcoming shows and events, visit www.yountscenter.org.