Powell Funeral Home

The former Powell Funeral Home in downtown Southern Pines is being repurposed as the Encore Center, an intimate performance space.

A historic fixture in More County, Powell Funeral Home is moving to a new location on Morganton Road this summer. In its place, the downtown brick building is being repurposed by Carolina Performing Arts Studio into the Encore Center, an intimate performance space.

“Southern Pines was an area we were looking at. It is really growing and there are a lot more families,” said Greta Zandstra, Encore’s artistic director. “This will give us our own performance space for productions.”

Carolina Performing Arts Studio was founded in Harnett County, in 2017, to provide quality music, dance and theatre training for students of all ages in the Sandhills. In less than a year, the original dance studio and four music rooms were filled to capacity, so the company added an additional educational studio to better serve the community.

The Encore Center is the company’s first foray into Moore County, though the studio has attracted students from areas particularly along the eastern border.

“This new space offers us an opportunity to serve our families in Moore and Harnett counties,” Zandstra said.

The inaugural season of the Encore Center will feature familiar, family-friendly stories such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol, a collection of love stories in Almost, Maine for Valentine’s Day, and the grand musical A Little Princess next spring.

Rehearsals for the first production at Encore Center are expected to commence in September. For tickets, show information, and educational class schedules, please visit encorecenter.net

Powell Funeral Home had previously used the building on New Hampshire Avenue. Powell is part of a consortium of local businesses, including Fry & Pickett in Carthage and Kennedy Funeral Home in Robbins.

Earlier this spring, the Southern Pines Town Council approved a rezoning application and conditional use permit for Powell’s new 6,050-square-foot funeral home and 1,400-square-foot crematory on a two-acre site within Pinelawn Memorial Park on Morganton Road.

“Powell Funeral Home has meant a lot to the people of Moore County through the years, and we’ll be able to continue that tradition to an even greater extent in a new, more convenient location,” said owner Robert Nunnalley.

In addition to the funeral home and crematory, Powell also operates the cemetery and mausoleum located adjacent to the new funeral home site.

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