Jack the Ripper

The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is excited to announce our Halloween-season 2017 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 are the composer, Steven Bergman, along with Anthony Sacco, who musically directed three TCS shows last year: UrinetownHeathers, and the Mis-Cast Cabaret.

They will be teamed up with stage director Kathleen Tringale, who directed and choreographed TCS’ productions of Urinetown and Heathers, and was featured in our two most recent Nunsense shows.

The technical director will be Nick Raponi, whose experience includes work with semi-professional and community theatre groups throughout the area, and was in the TCS productions of The Producers and Heathers.

The stage manager is Mary Moffett, who has worked with TCS for many years, on stage and behind the scenes.  Auditions were held in late July and early August 2017.

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

There will be eight performances of Jack the Ripper, over two weekends, October 19 through 29, 2017.  Thursday-Friday-Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, with Sunday afternoon matinees at 2:00 PM.  See our Events Calendar page.

We plan to bring a cutting of the show to the EMACT Mini-Festival on Saturday 7 October.  There will also be a preview of selections from the show at the Saugus Founders Day street fair on Saturday 9 September.

Tickets will be $25 for adults or $23 for seniors and students, when paid for at the door with cash or check.  If purchased in advance online with a credit card, the ticket price is $22 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.  For a group of 8 or more the price is $20 at the door or $17 in advance.  For complete details about purchasing or reserving seats, see our Tickets page.

We are pleased to announce the cast.  We welcome the eight talented, experienced actors who are new to the Theatre Company of Saugus.  And of course we welcome back those who have been seen in several recent TCS shows, Damien LaCount, Sean Perry, and Stephen Russo.  And Bobby Tella, who returns to the TCS stage after many years!

  • Jack the Ripper, the killer … Dustin Teuber
  • Inspector Frederick Abberline, Scotland Yard policeman in charge of the investigation … Stephen Russo
  • Doctor Rees Ralph Llewellyn, divisional police surgeon assisting with the case … Sean Perry
  • The Gentlemen of the Press, publicizing the story of the century …
    • Arthur Comer
    • Damien LaCount
    • Bobby Tella
  • Barmaid, at the Brittania tavern … Sherri Wilcauskas
The Victims:
  • Mary Jane Kelly … Kate Burns
  • Elizabeth Stride … Tristyn Sepersky
  • Catherine Eddowes … Molly Solomon
  • Annie Chapman … Susan Lunt
  • Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols … Maggie Stokes

We could use a couple more people to fill in the ensemble roles of Police and Townspeople.  If you are available, please contact us.