HISTORY OF THE GYPSY ROBE

On Broadway in 1953, a chorus member of GYPSY, as the chorus members are affectionately called, had jokingly sent a robe over to a friend who was a gypsy in the chorus of CALL ME MADAM. This friend decided to keep the joke alive by affixing a memento of the show to the robe and sent THE GYPSY ROBE off to another gypsy of yet another show.

As the robes have filled up with show memorabilia, they are retired and a new robe starts out “naked”. Some of these robes have even made their final destination into the Smithsonian Museum. (Resource: Ask.com-key word Gypsy Robe)

Our robe started its journey when Sandy Brewer presented it to Betty Steagald at the 2000 Awards Banquet. Since the first presentation was not connected to a current show, Betty chose to affix a large red oval patch explaining the robe’s procedure. Criteria for our Gypsy Robe have certain guidelines different from the robe traveling from show to show on Broadway. The recipients’ show is not limited to musicals; however it must be part of a regular season, not a fill in or visiting / joint production. The recipient can be anyone who has worked on the show at the discretion of the presenter. If the presenter is not familiar with the current show’s cast & staff, it is acceptable to confer with the Director regarding possible candidates. To maximize space on the robe, it is suggested that the recipient not exceed a 4” patch size. Recipients should also be sure to include their name, title, month and year of the show on their patch.

Congratulations to all of the following GYPSY ROBE recipients:

2000 Betty Steagald INSTRUCTION PATCH
Fall 2000 Sandy Noll BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Spring 2001 Tim McCurdy QUILTERS
Summer 2001 Mark Gerics DAMN YANKEES
Spring 2002 Kody Jones SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
Fall 2002 Dee Smith NUNCRACKERS
Spring 2003 Mary Ann Olsey THE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER
Fall 2003 Dale Radford TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Spring 2004 Ron Fournier SOCIAL SECURITY
Spring 2005 Jill Burwell ON GOLDEN POND
October 2005 Betty Steagald BULL IN A CHINA SHOP
November 2005 Pat Blondin DEARLY DEPARTED
March 2006 Mike Odette THE FANTASTIKS
May 2006 Pam Ferrell MOON OVER BUFFALO
October 2006 Rick Doll THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
November 2006 Gary King BUS STOP
March 2007 Cindy Starkey PETER PAN
May 2007 Karen Sleeseman LOVE, SEX AND THE IRS
September 2007 Mary Rice LOVE LETTERS
October 2007 Cheryl Blondin RUMORS
March 2008 Darcy Castle THE SOUND OF MUSIC
May 2008 Jane McMillan BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Sept 2008 Dave Collins THE FOURSOME
October 2008 Patrick Hubbard & Cindy Starkey CLUE—THE MUSICAL
December 2008 Jan Palmer COWHANDS CHRISTMAS CAROL
January 2009 Sandy Turner DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
March 2009 Patty Bracey PLAY ON!
May 2009 Doug Hislope OLIVER—THE MUSICAL
July 2009 Carl Mizell A NIGHT OF COMEDIES
September 2009 Sheryl Henderson SMELL OF THE KILL
November 2009 Bill Kircher PLAZA SUITE
December 2009 Dee Smith STOCKING STUFFERS
February 2010 Mike Dickinson RUN FOR YOUR WIFE
March 2010 Shelly Hampton CHARLOTTE’S WEB
May 2010 Maggie Harmon STEEL MAGNOLIA
September 2010 Dave Collins RAINBOW BAR & GRILLE
October 2010 Jeff Murdoch DRACULA
December 2010 Bob McTaggart BAH HUMBUG
February 2011 Connie Owens HOTBED HOTEL
March 2011 Mark Bonto ODD COUPLE
May 2011 Maggie Harmon HONK! THE MUSICAL
September 2011 Pam Beauchamp THE DINING ROOM
October 2011 Pat Blondin CAUGHT IN THE NET
December 2011 Mary Ann Olsey, Sue Walthers & Jan Helfrich STOCKING STUFFERS TOO!
February 2012 Diana Martin SING ON!!
March 2012 Bonnie Brazeal LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
May 2012 Jeri Hunjo FORUM
October 2012 Carmen Hudson WAIT UNTIL DARK
December 2012 Jerry Needham THE ONLY CHRISTMAS PAGEANT IN TOWN  
February 2013 Ed Nelson AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
March 2013 Laura Horton STEALING HOME
May 2013 Jody Henderson SEUSSICAL
August 2013 Dawn Sabourin VAGINA MONOLOGUES
December 2013 Richard Newman 12 DAZE OF CHRISTMAS
February 2014 Carl Frost CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
***New Robe Started***
March 2014 Denise French MONSTER IN THE CLOSET
May 2014 Jim Waner PROOF
October 2014 Ron Fournier OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
December 2014 Ann Marshall HO, HO, HO, THE SANTA CLAUS CHRONICLES
February 2015 Stephanie Mitch CRIMES OF THE HEART
March 2015 Chicara Wilson PIPPI LONGSTOCKING
May 2015 Pat Blondin 12 ANGRY JURORS 
September 2015 David Turner BARBECUING HAMLET
December 2015 Jeff Springgay A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL
March 2016 Duane Dunckel THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
April 2016 Kaylee Wade THE MATCHMAKER
June 2016 Dennis Swedorski THE ASH GIRL
October 2016 Julie Tack ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
December 2016 Bill Fagerstrom THE TREASURE OF SHIVER RIVER - A CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE
March 2017 Nicole Dunckel & Denise French THE KINGS OF UNIONVILLE
May 2017 Mya Frappier DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
July 2017 Steve Yerian OUT OF THE FRYING PAN
December 2017 Pat Palmer THE ONE AND ONLY SANTA CLAUS
February 2018  Chris Dinnan MOVE OVER, MRS. MARKHAM
April 2018   CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
June 2018   AVENUE Q