theaterfacesA diverse group of interested people met for the first time in the parlor of Fallston United Methodist Church in the mid-1990′s to discuss the possibility of creating a theater troupe to raise funds for the church. The Friendship Players (named after FUMC roots as Friendship Church) performed for the first time in the fall of 1997. This premier dinner theater featured "Down to Earth," a comedy, forming the foundation for the group's endeavors and subsequent productions. The Players are "down to earth" (no prima donnas allowed) and talented. The annual event, historically in the fall, features six entertaining performances, and a meal that receives rave reviews as well.
In preparation for opening night, the cast and crew rehearse from early July to October, with auditions in April. This span of time allows The Players to build a foundation for the Friendship in their name. The cast comes from the Church and the northern Maryland community, many having experiences elsewhere, including professional troupes. Most come back annually to return to familiar relationships and venue. New actors are always welcomed. The ages have ranged from five to eighty years. The group thrives on the chemistry among the actors and the audience as well.

The dinner theater has become a major fundraiser for the Church. The supportive community "waits in line" to make reservations for this relaxing event, featuring a bountiful feast and an escape into the drama/comedy on the stage.