College dates for jack the ripper

Norton 'Jack the Ripper' .  second year drama students at Norton College Billy Sampson (Jack) and Stephanie Dunn (Annie) pictured in their production of   Norton 'Jack the Ripper'   the musical. Also pictured 'thieves' and 'prostitutes' discuss the murders in Whitechapel .
Norton 'Jack the Ripper' . second year drama students at Norton College Billy Sampson (Jack) and Stephanie Dunn (Annie) pictured in their production of Norton 'Jack the Ripper' the musical. Also pictured 'thieves' and 'prostitutes' discuss the murders in Whitechapel .

DARK deeds are afoot at Norton Col-lege as drama students prepare to bring one of history’s most fearsome killers to the stage in their end-of-term show.

They are depicting the dastardly deeds of Jack the Ripper who stalked the streets of Victorian London – but with dashes of music and comedy.

Jack the Ripper the Musical, with lyrics by Ron Pember and music by Dennis DeMarne, is in the same vein as Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Stephanie Dunn, who plays one of the victims, said: “It’s a real mixture of different styles of comedy with both horror and moments of pathos.”

The show is framed in a music hall whose performers and audience step out to play characters in the drama. Every member of the BTEC Drama department is involved, either acting or in creating the costumes, props and set.

Performances at the college drama studio are from December 6 to 9 at 7.15pm. Tickets cost £5 (£3.50 on the door).