Players of the Stage, which is affectionately called POTS, started in 2000 with sixteen children getting together to put on a recital for a church’s Christmas banquet. What we thought would be a one-time event has lasted fifteen years. Through the seasons, the students have grown in their talents and professionalism. They have preformed The Best Christmas Pageant Ever three times, Tom Sawyer twice, A Christmas Carol four times, Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Miracle Worker, The Little Princess, Jonah, The Amateurs, Pygmalion, Anne of Green Gables, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Twelve Angry Jurors, The Prince and the Pauper, two one act showcases and a couple dozen drama camps.
Players of the Stage was started by Mr. and Mrs. Barshinger and their daughter Anna Barshinger Lauffer. Mrs. Lauffer was the artistic director from 2000 – 2009 and is now an assistant director. In 2009 Sharon Barshinger took over and held the position until 2018. Marian Barshinger is now the artistic director. Players of the Stage is currently holding their shows at Living Hope Presbyterian Church but hope to someday have a theatre building all their own.
In the fall of 2005 Players of the Stage began doing their shows as benefit shows to local charities. They have donated proceeds to Care Net, American Ministries to the Deaf, and to the Allentown Rescue Mission. During the past eight seasons they have raised over 208,000 dollars, every cent of which has gone to those organizations.