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North Shore Premiere of Musical Jack the Ripper at TCoS

SAUGUS, MA: The Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is excited to announce the 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. The murders mysteriously stopped after the death of the final victim. Although there are many theories about the identity of the killer, the case remains unsolved to this day. This musical is one fabricated explanation that follows the yellow journalism that emerged from the gruesome events.

Music and lyrics are by Steven Bergman. Book and lyrics are by recognized Ripper expert Christopher-Michael DiGrazia. The writers of the show are local to the Boston area. TCS is privileged to join the few companies that have presented this riveting show and to produce its North Shore premiere.

The co-musical directors for this production of Jack the Ripper include the composer, Steven Bergman, from Westborough, Mass., along with Malden resident 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, from Lynn, who directed and choreographed the TCS productions of Urinetown and Heathers. The technical director is Saugus resident Nick Raponi, whose experience includes work with semi-professional and community theatre groups throughout the area. Mary Moffett, from Beverly, stage manages the production.

The cast of Jack the Ripper features twelve talented actors, eight of whom are new to the company, while four have previously appeared with Theatre Company of Saugus. The role of the bloodthirsty killer, Jack the Ripper, is played by Dustin Teuber, who resides in Salem, NH. The policeman in charge of the investigation, Inspector Frederick Abberline from Scotland Yard, is played by Stephen Russo of Winchester, Mass. He is assisted by divisional police surgeon Doctor Rees Ralph Llewellyn, played by Sean Perry of Stoneham. The Gentlemen of the Press eagerly publicize and build up on the "story of the century". This trio includes Arthur Comer, from Concord; Damien LaCount, from Chelsea; and Bobby Tella, from Medford. Sherri Wilcauskas, from Middleton, plays the Barmaid, providing criticism as well as refreshments.

The show features the five prostitutes who become the killer's victims. Kate Burns, from North Andover, plays the wary Mary Jane Kelly. Tristyn Sepersky, from Brighton, is the endearing and sarcastic Elizabeth Stride. Molly Solomon, from Winchester, is the often quarrelsome and drunk Catherine Eddowes. Susan Lunt, from Danvers, is the sad and careworn Annie Chapman. And Maggie Stokes, from Haverhill, is the very young Polly Nichols.

There are eight performances of Jack the Ripper, over the last two weekends of October 2017. Evening shows are Thursday-Friday-Saturday, October 19-20-21 and 26-27-28, at 8:00 PM. Afternoon matinees are on Sundays, October 22 and 29, at 2:00 PM. The performances are located at is the American Legion Hall, 44 Taylor Street in Saugus, Mass. The venue features a cash bar. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults or $23 for seniors and students. Tickets purchased in advance are only $22 for adults or $20 for seniors and students. Ticket sales, directions, and more info about the show are on the Theatre Company of Saugus website at http://TCSaugus.org, via email at TCSaugus@gmail.com or by phone at 781-816-7019.

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