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Jack the Ripper: The Musical

Book and Lyrics by Ron Pember and Denis de Marne

Music by Ron Pember

Directed by Robert Harsley

Audition Dates:

Saturday 24 August 2019 from 2pm – 5pm

Saturday 31 August 2019 from 2pm – 5pm

Bookings essential for audition time via director Robert Harsley on 0414 917 381 or email

Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please apply to organise your audition time and for any further information.  Please bring along completed audition form (can be found on the ETC Website at along with a non-returnable photograph (does not need to be studio photo).

Please note: All auditionees must be a minimum of 16 years of age at audition. You should prepare a song of your choice for the audition.  A pianist will be provided (sheet music in key to be sung please – no transpositions. Backing tracks and/or acapella will be permitted.)

Cockney accents are required.  Auditionees will be given a section of dialogue to read.

Please arrive 10 minutes before audition time.

Please Note:

Successful cast MUST BE available for rehearsal period as well as all production dates. Please check you are available for all performance dates before booking your audition time.

ETC is a community theatre company and, as such, no actors are paid.

Audition Venue:
Bradshaw Street Community Hall
Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street)
West Essendon  VIC  3040

Melways 28B3

Google Maps:,144.893059,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x6ad65c132fe4d1e9:0xde935373e7f0cb3f

Characters summary: 

8 Male, 8 Female


PLEASE NOTE – This is a “music hall” type show.  The ability to sing in tune and in character is essential.  “Classical singing” is not essential – but might come in handy!

Major roles

Marie Kelly/Music Hall Soubrette – Female – mezzo soprano – good belt with gentle side

Lizzie Stride/Queen Victoria – Female – mezzo soprano – character role

Montague Druitt – Male – basically non-singing role – good actor required

Chairman – Male – Baritone – plays multiple characters as Chairman – singer and actor

Minor roles

Annie Chapman – Female

Polly Anne Nicholls – Female

Liza Pearl – Female

Catherine Eddowes – Female

Frances Coles – Female

Daniel Mendoza – Male

Dinky Ninety-eights – Male

Bluenose Stack – Male

Slop Wallace – Male

Lord Overcoat – Male – may suit slightly older actor

Police Sergeant Coles – Male

Policemen – (most of male cast – required to dress in women’s clothes for one hysterical number)


All enquires or to book an audition contact director Robert Harsley on 0414 917 381 or email


The play is a musical reconstruction of incidents relating to the East End murders which took place between Friday, August 31st and Friday, November 9th, 1888. A solution of Jack the Ripper’s identity is hinted at, but the play is an atmospheric commentary rather than an historical re-enactment, shifting between reality and artificiality, with characters representing “real” people as well as members of the music hall audience and players. It is an essential feature that some characters are called upon to play more than one role. They thus have a life within the Music Hall and also in reality. The Chairman also plays the authoritative roles of Sir Charles Warren, the Magistrate, and the Dock’s Foreman, while Montague Druitt is also known as Toynbee and plays the villain in the melodrama and the magician.

Rehearsal Period:

Rehearsals will be three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm-10pm & Sundays at director’s discretion.

Performances Dates:

21 – 24 – & 28 – 30 November 2019
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm

Rehearsal Period:

Rehearsals will be three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm & Sundays at Director’s Discretion.

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