Media Press Release from Debbie Alphin, Interim Executive Director for the Cultural Arts Foundation Fountain Inn:
On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Younts and the Cultural Arts Foundation Fountain Inn (CAFFI), we would like to thank the members of the upstate community for their outpouring of support for the continuation of the Younts Center for Performing Arts.
It is our pleasure to announce that Mr. Younts and the Cultural Arts Foundation Fountain Inn Board of Directors have reached an agreement with the city of Fountain Inn and have acquired the Younts Center. The administrative duties will be handled by the Cultural Arts Foundation Board of Directors with Trustee, Debbie Alphin as the Interim Executive Director.
The community has stepped forward with great support and we are all seeing what the Younts Center has meant to our area, now it is our turn to make everyone PROUD and put our best foot forward and to include the community in our efforts.
It is our plan to continue to support our community and to provide local artists, musicians and performers to our stage. As in the past, we will also be host to larger outside entertainment and events. The center will also continue our venue rental in our recently completed event area.
Our plans are to provide the community with quality entertainment and performances and to include the community’s participation. That being said, it is our pleasure to bring to the Younts Center The Mill Town Players, The Pelzer theater company led by Executive Artistic Director Will Ragland. Mill Town Players will become the resident theater company of the Younts Center for Performing Arts, offering a full season of shows starting this fall.
Programming will also include a conservatory offering classes in theater, music, and dance as well as an intern company. The Mill Town Players are currently completing their third season at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium. As they begin their fourth season performances will be in both Pelzer and Fountain Inn. The theatrical company received several state and regional awards for their productions and has become one of the Upstate’s most attended community theaters, reaching over 30,000 annually.
The new partnership with the Younts Center will offer musicals and plays that will feature all local artists with affordable ticket prices for the community. Will Ragland, an Upstate native and local stage veteran of over 100 productions, will oversee programming. “We are delighted to partner with the Cultural Arts Foundation Fountain Inn, CAFFI, to offer a new season of Mill Town shows for Fountain Inn, the Golden Strip, Greenville and surrounding counties. We look forward to building on the strong history of quality performing arts programs that have touched so many lives over the past decade at the Younts Center. We are honored to be a part of this new chapter,” said Ragland.
We have an exciting and challenging year ahead and we welcome and encourage each one’s support in our efforts in continuing the center as a valuable part of the community.
Once again, thank you to the community, the City of Fountain Inn and to everyone that has expressed your support for the Younts Center.
Interim Executive Director for the Cultural Arts Foundation Fountain Inn