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History comes alive

...and the senior center is transported

by Shirley Rabb

October, the month of ghosts and goblins and unresolved murders.  On
October 6th the Melrose Senior Center presented a program called “Jack the
Ripper”.


After a lunch of soup, chicken cordon blue, rice and fruit we were
entertained by the Delvena Theatre Company of Lynn. There were three
characters that played fourteen parts.


The performance made history alive when we learned the details of the
ghastly murders of 5 women in London in 1888.

The actors spoke in the English of the times; as they changed costumes and
amazed us with the story of the heinous murders committed by the never to
be convicted Jack the Ripper. The background music was chilling and took us
back to England, dark and dreary.

After the performance the suspects were available for questioning by the
audience. We were to decide who the “real” Jack the Ripper was.

Questions came from the tables to each of the suspects, as they came
forward one at a time. The answers were ad-libbed and not only angry at
times, but funny on occasion.

The performance was a great hit as the applause filled the room. It was an
unusual but very pleasant presentation for the center.

Thanks go to the Melrose Cultural Council that helped to sponsor the show.

November 6, 2015


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