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The Game is Afoot at DCP Theatre
Written by Kelly Kalb Correspondent

Actors at the DCP Theatre rehearse the gas chamber scene in the production, "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," opening Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. Pictured left to right: Doctor Watson (Michael Romito), James Larrabee (Erik Martin), Professor Moriarty (Dan Ferry), Sid Prince (Scott Grande), Sherlock Holmes (R. Cameron Purdy) and Irene Adler (Camille Eustice). 

        Live theater will breathe again in Salford Township as Sherlock Holmes takes the stage for the first time at the DCP Theatre.

        Director and Pennsburg resident Geoff Yaroschak – along with a group of local, seasoned veterans to the stage – will bring a production filled with danger and intrigue during its two-week run, starting Nov. 4.

        Yaroschak, a native of Virginia, is no stranger to the stage. He started performing in middle school and continued acting through his college years. After marrying in 2003, he moved to Pennsburg and discovered the DCP Theatre in 2009. Upon auditioning and being cast in one of that year's productions, Yaroschak's theater career flourished.

        In preparation for the production, "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," Yaroschak mulled over dozens of scripts before choosing the adaptation by Seven Dietz.

        "This script is the one that speaks best with the characters. I really wanted to have Holmes be portrayed differently, not the way he typically is played," Yaroschak said.

        After auditions in August, R. Cameron Purdy was cast as Sherlock Holmes. "This was a first for Cameron as Holmes, so that helped him to bring a different type of portrayal of the character to the show," he added.

        Michael Romito was cast as Doctor Watson.

        Character development begins after actors are chosen for each part.

        "We sit down with each cast member and go over the character," Yaroschak said, "I also asked everyone to read two Sherlock Holmes short stories, 'A Scandal in Bohemia' and 'The Final Problem,' to better understand the production and what we're looking for."

        Yaroschak said Purdy and Romito, who have been friends for 20 years, have an obvious chemistry.

        The set, constructed completely by volunteers, aims to bring theater-goers to the industrial Victorian era with steel catwalks and large turntables. A portion of the stage was also dropped to the floor, but still allows for seating up to 140.

        DCP Theatre maintains a roster of about 120 individuals to assist with set development; about 30-40 volunteers are used for each production.

        The play will include fog effects, strobe lights and simulated drug use to bring the audience into Holmes' world. But there is also plenty of humor, as only the duo of Holmes and Watson can deliver.

        Producer Beth Cohen, who has worked with Yaroschak in the past, brings a passion for organization to the show. She notes the importance of everyone coming together to create a successful performance.

        "Everyone works together and chips in where it's needed. We're all volunteers working year round with a short break over Christmas and New Year's," she said.

        The DCP Theatre offers presale of tickets for "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" on its website, Performances begin Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. and run until Nov. 19. Check the DCP website for details on dates, times and other information.

        Next up on the theater roster is William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" in January and "Stuart Little" in February.





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