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:

1

2000

Betty Steagald

INSTRUCTION PATCH

2

Fall 2000

Sandy Noll

BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

3

Spring 2001

Tim McCurdy

QUILTERS

4

Summer 2001

Mark Gerics

DAMN YANKEES

5

Spring 2002

Kody Jones

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

6

Fall 2002

Dee Smith

NUNCRACKERS

7

Spring 2003

Mary Ann Olsey

THE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER

8

Fall 2003

Dale Radford

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

9

Spring 2004

Ron Fournier

SOCIAL SECURITY

10

Spring 2005

Jill Burwell

ON GOLDEN POND

11

October 2005

Betty Steagald

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP

12

November 2005

Pat Blondin

DEARLY DEPARTED

13

March 2006

Mike Odette

THE FANTASTIKS

14

May 2006

Pam Ferrell

MOON OVER BUFFALO

15

October 2006

Rick Doll

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

16

November 2006

Gary King

BUS STOP

17

March 2007

Cindy Starkey

PETER PAN

18

May 2007

Karen Sleeseman

LOVE, SEX AND THE IRS

19

September 2007

Mary Rice

LOVE LETTERS

20

October 2007

Cheryl Blondin

RUMORS

21

March 2008

Darcy Castle

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

22

May 2008

Jane McMillan

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

23

September 2008

Dave Collins

THE FOURSOME

24

October 2008

Patrick Hubbard, Cindy Starkey

CLUE—THE MUSICAL

25

December 2008

Jan Palmer

COWHANDS CHRISTMAS CAROL

26

January 2009

Sandy Turner

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE

27

March 2009

Patty Bracey

PLAY ON!

28

May 2009

Doug Hislope

OLIVER—THE MUSICAL

29

July 2009

Carl Mizell

A NIGHT OF COMEDIES

30

September 2009

Sheryl Henderson

SMELL OF THE KILL

31

November 2009

Bill Kircher

PLAZA SUITE

32

December 2009

Dee Smith

STOCKING STUFFERS

33

February 2010

Mike Dickinson

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

34

March 2010

Shelly Hampton

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

35

May 2010

Maggie Harmon

STEEL MAGNOLIA

36

September 2010

Dave Collins

RAINBOW BAR & GRILLE

37

October 2010

Jeff Murdoch

DRACULA

38

December 2010

Bob McTaggart

BAH HUMBUG

39

February 2011

Connie Owens

HOTBED HOTEL

40

March 2011

Mark Bonto

ODD COUPLE

41

May 2011

Maggie Harmon

HONK! THE MUSICAL

42

September 2011

Pam Beauchamp

THE DINING ROOM

43

October 2011

Pat Blondin

CAUGHT IN THE NET

44

December 2011

Mary Ann Olsey, Sue Walthers, Jan Helfrich

STOCKING STUFFERS TOO!

45

February 2012

Diana Martin

SING ON!!

46

March 2012

Bonnie Brazeal

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS

47

May 2012

Jeri Hunjo

FORUM

48

October 2012

Carmen Hudson

WAIT UNTIL DARK

49

December 2012

Jerry Needham

THE ONLY CHRISTMAS PAGEANT IN TOWN  

50

February 2013

Ed Nelson

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

51

March 2013

Laura Horton

STEALING HOME

52

May 2013

Jody Henderson

SEUSSICAL

53

August 2013

Dawn Sabourin

VAGINA MONOLOGUES

54

December 2013

Richard Newman

12 DAZE OF CHRISTMAS

55

February 2014

Carl Frost

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

56

March 2014

Denise French

MONSTER IN THE CLOSET

57

May 2014

Jim Waner

PROOF

58

October 2014

Ron Fournier

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

59

December 2014

Ann Marshall

HO, HO, HO, THE SANTA CLAUS CHRONICLES

60

February 2015

Stephanie Mitch

CRIMES OF THE HEART

61

March 2015

Chicara Wilson

PIPPI LONGSTOCKING

62

May 2015

Pat Blondin

12 ANGRY JURORS 

63

September 2015

David Turner

BARBECUING HAMLET

64

December 2015

Jeff Springgay

A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL

65

March 2016

Duane Dunckel

THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

66 April 2016 Kaylee Wade

THE MATCHMAKER

67 June 2016 Dennis Swedorski

THE ASH GIRL

68 October 2016 Julie Tack

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

69 December 2016

Bill Fagerstrom

THE TREASURE OF SHIVER RIVER - A CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE
70 March 2017

 

THE KINGS OF UNIONVILLE
71 May 2017

 

DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
72 July 2017

 

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN