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October 18, 2013

Meet Patrick Arnheim, playing Sid Prince in “Sherlock Holmes”

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 10:32 am

Q: Where did you grow up? Were there any activities you did as a child that led to your passion for theatre and the arts?
A:  I grew up in Westfield and Princeton, New Jersey. I have two siblings, and we were all encouraged by our parents to participate in music and theater at very young ages. My first experience on stage was kindergarten, I believe. I really took to theater as a senior in high school, though.

Q: Where did you study theatre?
A: I studied theater at the University of Mississippi, and at Circle in the Square Theater School on Broadway. Both fantastic, and very different experiences.

Q: Where have you worked previously? What are some of your favorite roles?

A: I was lucky to work a bunch on-camera and on stage following my two years at Circle. I lived in New York for about ten years, happily pounding pavement. I’m not sure I’ve played a favorite role yet. I’m insatiable like that. I did really enjoy playing Marty in House of Yes last year, here in Charleston with What If? Productions.

Q: How did you prepare for playing your characters in Sherlock Holmes?

A: There’s always a challenge in playing any role, for me. It takes me a while to relax into any part. I’m not a great table-reader. I guess I am most excited to get the chance to be a part of a show at Dock Street Theatre. It’s a legendary theatre, and I’m definitely pumped to work with this great cast Charleston Stages has put together.

Q: What do you look forward to each performance playing your roles in Sherlock Holmes?

A: I love playing the off-color role. The bad guy. The dim guy… Sid Prince isn’t necessarily ‘bad’ nor ‘dim’ but he has flavors of both. He’s a fun role, and I dig his bad intentions. I’m most excited for audiences to see how fun a Sherlock Holmes show can be. This isn’t a script that feels stuffy, or had to have dust blown off it before reading. I’m also excited for the audiences to see how hard we’ve worked on this show. There are some great performances in this Sherlock. It’s been a pleasure to see all these actors working so hard every day in rehearsal. Sherlock and Watson (Jacob Dickey and Jesse Siak) have a great chemistry together, which is so vital for this production.

Q: This is your debut with Charleston Stage! Please share with us your thoughts on working the company.

A: I’m very excited about my ‘debut’ here! Charleston Stage has a great family feel. And I can’t wait to play Sid on the Dock Street stage! Everything has been very professional AND fun, which is a rare mix.

Charleston Veteran Actor Patrick Arnheim as Sid Prince.


Charleston Veteran Actor Patrick Arnheim as Sid Prince and Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor Celine Keefe as Madge Larabee.

Charleston Veteran Actor Patrick Arnheim as Sid Prince.

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