The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is excited to announce auditions for our upcoming Halloween-season production of Jack the Ripper:  The Whitechapel Musical.

Between August and November of 1888, five prostitutes were brutally murdered in London’s Whitechapel district.  Their deaths were credited to one killer.  With play-by-play accounts constantly published in the local press, the case took on a life of its own, even giving the killer his famous moniker, until after the death of the fifth victim, when the murders mysteriously stopped.  The case remains unsolved to this day.  This musical is one fictional possibility.

Music and lyrics are by Steven Bergman, with book and lyrics by Christopher-Michael DiGrazia.  Both artists are local to the Boston area.  TCS is privileged to join the companies that have presented this excellent show, and to produce its North Shore premiere.

The co-musical directors for this production will be the composer, Steven Bergman, along with Anthony Sacco, who musically directed three TCS shows over the past year: Urinetown, Heathers, and the Mis-Cast Cabaret.  They will be teamed up with stage director Kathleen Tringale, who directed and choreographed TCS’ production of Urinetown and Heathers.  The technical director will be Nick Raponi, whose experience includes work with semi-professional and community theatre groups throughout the area.

Auditions are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 starting at 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 1 starting at 7:00 PM.

Appointments are requested.  To sign up, click on either of these:

Callback auditions are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, August 6 at 1:00 PM

The location of auditions, rehearsals, and performances is the American Legion Hall, at 44 Taylor Street in Saugus, Massachusetts.  See our Directions page.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare two contrasting song selections, 16-32 bars each, in a contemporary musical theatre style (think Sweeney Todd meets Les Miserables).  No rock and roll or traditional Broadway, please.  A headshot and resume is appreciated but not required.

Save time by filling out the Audition Registration Form in advance:  Click here.

There will be eight performances of Jack the Ripper, over two weeks, October 19 through 29, 2017.  Rehearsals will be on Sundays and two weekday evenings at first, with more frequency in the last weeks before the performances.  We plan to bring a cutting of the show to the EMACT Mini-Festival on Saturday 7 October.  See our Events Calendar page for specific dates.

All roles are open.  There are roles for six males, five females, and 3-5 actors that are gender flexible.  The five female prostitutes are of varying ages.  See below for role descriptions, with vocal ranges.

Roles in Jack the Ripper:  The Whitechapel Musical

The Killer:
  • Jack the Ripper.  The case was never solved, no one really knows the identify of the famous serial killer.  BARI/TENOR TO A “G”.
The Police:
  • Inspector Frederick Abberline.  Scotland Yard policeman, in charge of the murder investigation.  BARI/TENOR TO AN “A”.
  • Doctor Rees Ralph Llewellyn.  The divisional police surgeon, assisting Abberline with the case.  BARITONE.
The Victims, ranged in age from 20s to 40s:
  • Mary Jane Kelly.  According to the tale, she is the last victim credited to Jack the Ripper.  A fresh-faced girl in her 20s, yet there is a wariness and hunger in her eyes.  SOPRANO TO A “B”.
  • Elizabeth Stride.  A tall, raven-haired woman known as “Long Liz” to her clientele.  She is generally jolly, and has little patience for the self-pity that envelops so many in the East End.  MEZZO-BELT.
  • Catherine Eddowes.  A sad looking woman.  In her youth she was stunningly attractive, but her face is now careworn and blotchy from too much drink.  MEZZO-BELT.
  • Annie Chapman.  A veteran of prostitution; quarrelsome and drunk.  MEZZO OR SOPRANO (TO AN “F#”)
  • Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols.  The first victim credited to Jack the Ripper.  A prostitute.  LIGHT SOPRANO.
The people of London’s Whitechapel district:
  • Barmaid.  Featured; has no patience for the women who frequent the bar owner’s place of business regarding their profession and destitution.  MEZZO SOPRANO.
  • Bar Owner.  Featured, also is not friendly to the less respectable patrons in his bar. Could he be the killer?  BARI/TENOR TO AN “F”.
  • The Gentlemen of the Press.  This was the first case of serial killings that was played out in the press.  They sing frequently as one unit, always present.  Strong harmonies.  Minimum of 3:  TENOR, BARI/TENOR, BARITONE.
  • Townspeople.  Various men and women of the area.
  • Police Officers.   (2)