El Dorado Musical Theatre presents a few key awards to acknowledge exceptional work from it’s performers and volunteers. They are the Gypsy Robe and Gypsy Sash for performers, and the Jeanette Caruso Heart and Soul Award for our volunteers.
The Gypsy Robe has been a Broadway tradition for the past 60+ years. The garment is considered magical and brings with it luck, tradition, and a sense of community. It is named for the ensemble performers, or “gypsies,” who move from show to show.
These singers and dancers are the unsung heroes of the stage. The robe is decorated with mementos from each person who has received it and is presented to a member of the next show’s ensemble who displays the greatest dedication and commitment to the success of the show.
EDMT adopted the tradition in 2006. Our tradition, as on Broadway, is for the robe to be presented on opening night before curtain time. A new member of the chorus is crowned the new king or queen of the gypsies!
EDMT’s Gypsy Sash was inaugurated in 2013 for the Rising Stars production of Bye Bye Birdie. It is modeled after Broadway’s Gypsy Robe tradition and gives recognition to the heroesâ€”the singers and dancers of the ensembleâ€”who have given their passion, focus, and dedication to make the show the best it can possibly be.
The Sash is presented on opening night before the curtain goes up. It’s an exciting moment, and we are happy to share the names of those who have been awarded this honor.
The Jeanette Caruso Heart and Soul Award is the highest honor El Dorado Musical Theater gives. It is awarded to people whose volunteer efforts go well beyond the norm and whose contributions have had a significant impact on the success of the organization.
It is named after Jeanette Caruso, one of our first volunteers who later became our Executive Producer. Her dedication and commitment were extraordinary, and she was sorely missed when she stepped away from the role in 2009.
To recognize her exceptional contributions, EDMT’s Board of Directors created the Heart and Soul Award, appropriately named it after Jeanette, and made her its first honoree.
The award is given only on an occasional basis. The recipient’s name is kept confidential and revealed when the award is presented at the opening of a performance.
This list below includes our Who’s Who of extraordinary people who have given of their time and talent to make El Dorado Musical Theatre the successful institution that it has become.