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Oracle Productions' plays at Springhouse offer phenomenal, fresh takes on classics as well as consistently presenting all-new stories. They take community theater to an impressive new level of invention and innovation. The plays feature sets and plots of epic scope and cinematic presentation. Meanwhile, Oracle casts (featuring several recurring members and also constantly incorporating new talent) bring each original tale to life with performances that prick the soul.
"The Ripper" promises to give audiences a fulfilling ending to a story that has been three years in the telling. First, "Frankenstein" introduced the characters Cameo LeBlanc and Jean-Baptiste Noir. These two paranormal consultants from Scotland Yard attended the tale of the tortured Victor. "Frankenstein" gave little glimpses of the two characters that the following year's production of "Dracula" chose to explore in depth.
Oracle re-envisioned the story of Dracula and incorporated Cameo and Noir into the events of Bram Stoker's classic by replacing the Vampire-hunter Van Helsing with the two supernatural specialists (perhaps based on Bram Stoker's own suggestion that he had drawn on the stories of several real Vampire-hunters to write the original novel). Cameo and Noir fleshed out the emotional story of Dracula, and the play drew heavily on each aspect of Dracula tradition. This retelling focused on Dracula's unseen presence and his disturbing effects on characters for the first half of the play and finally revealed him in all his unsettling glory at the end of the second act.
The last play ended on an uncertain note, suggesting that while Cameo and Noir had managed to defeat the nearly omnipotent Dracula, a worse threat still lingered. Noir and Cameo throughout both of these plays have detailed the beginning of their work investigating the paranormal for Scotland Yard: a near-death encounter with a werewolf. This attack left Cameo orphaned and Noir with only one leg. In his final scene, Dracula suggested that their mysterious attacker was biding his time before another killing spree. "His name is Jack," Dracula told Cameo "...he calls himself the Ripper."
Thus Oracle left audiences breathless with anticipation for the final installment of these Victorian horror detectives' story: the Ripper.
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