The Robe

In 1985 during the production of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Lin Hartzell thought it would be a good idea for CLOTA to institute the Broadway tradition of musical show directors' presenting the time-honored Robe to the chorus member whose all round support of the show and its people helped make production of the show a success and an enjoyable experience. Gypsy being the traditional name for members of the chorus because they usually traveled from show to show. CLOTA agreed that it was a fine idea. Lin bought and boxed a robe and requested that she be the one to choose the first recipient of the robe for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Director Sherry Parker fully concurred with Lin's choice. According to tradition, the robe was presented during the director's talk to cast and crew in the green room before the show's first performance, with Lin presenting the robe and describing the tradition. The very surprised recipient put on the robe, received the traditional hugs from everyone, and each performance night hung the robe backstage where all those connected with the show could see it and touch it for luck and encouragement. For several years only musical show directors chose the recipients of CLOTA's Robe. The tradition was so well received that the robe is now given to a non-lead cast member for all CLOTA shows. More recently directors have given the robe to the cast or crew member they feel has gone above and beyond for the show.


Following are the past recipients of the Robe:





Proof – Pearl Woolam

Cabaret – Richard Jackson

Arsenic and Old Lace – Curt Danhauser



BUS STOP – William Ing – Pearl Woolam

I DO! I DO! – Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

Inspector Calls – JB Priestley



CAHOOTS – Thomas Cozine

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Norelle I Shlanta



Wayside Motor Inn – Greg Cote’

Incorruptible – Larry Lier



Communicating Doors – Randy Ruth

HONK! – Robin Moen

Jake’s Women - Matt Trickey



Moon Over Buffalo – Greg Shlanta

Arcadia – The Case and Crew

Siptfire Grille – Stacey D. Shoaf



Sylvia – Tristan Kratz

City of Angels – Bill Gormley

My Three Angels – Carin Miles



Children’s Hour – Dianna Taylor

A Christmas Carol – Vince Homer



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My Fair Lady – Trish Modlinski



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Jesus Christ Superstar – Conni Klamt



Barefoot In The Park – Judy Ditzler

Lend Me A Tenor – Janis Jamison

Fantasticks – Reno Venturi



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The Music Man – Penny Belt



The Secret Garden – Gilbert Breitenstein



Sagebrush – Janis Jamison Nichols

Hollywood Serenade – Rozanne Paxman



Bell, Book & Candle – Pyewacket

Nunsense – Deb Haydu



Gypsy – Rick Haydu

Diaries Of Adam & Eve – Kathy Armstrong

Hotel Hollywood – Pat Skoog & Marsheela Kulchr



Nuts – Alice Pastorius

Side by Side By Sondheim – Paul Riley



Bungling Ballerinas – Harold Manning

Brighton Beach Memoirs – Dan Weston

Sweeney Todd – Ann Roseman



Sir Simon – Bill Eastman                                      

South Pacific – Cherie Farris

West Side Story – Beth Hoffman



Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean – Theresa Smith                 

Cinderella – Carol Baldwin

She Loves Me – Darcy Dawes

The Curious Savage – Barbara Auld



Rasputin – Gene Guilmette                                              

Mirror Mirror – Mark Lowen

Forty Carats – Stan Caine



Sing For Your Supper – Terri Combs                                          

Camelot – Virginia Hanks



Fiddler on the Roof – Jean Bormett                                            

Once Upon A Mattress – Barbara Auld