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RCT Announces 2017 Gypsy Award Winners!
With great pleasure, we announce that the Riverdale Children's Theatre will be honoring 28 very special young people this December for their commitment to excellence and the Riverdale Children’s Theatre.
At RCT, we believe that each show's success hinges on the commitment and dedication of each and every cast member. It's not easy to get your homework done, study for tests and rehearse for a production. In recognition of all of their hard work and dedication, and for participating in 5 RCT seasonal productions since 2010, the following kids will be formally recognized at our Starry Night Gala December 2nd on the campus of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Andrea Byrne * Agnes Shillue * Akiva Birnbaum * Alexis Muchnik
Ava Ulloa * Ava Wanko * Claire Mills * Fiorela Miria * Juliette Heisler
Jenna Marie Connolly * Joshua Bautista * Juliette Heisler * Karl Campodonico
Kerry Gynegrowski * Keira Donato * Kyle Cagney * Madison Polanco
Makayla Mastrangelo * Maren McCrossan * Matthew Elias Aponte * Meghan Daly
Mia Colon Roman * Molly McCrossan * Noy Benyamin * Senia Antigua
Shayna Lopatin * Talib Thompson * Victoria Negron
Since 1950, the Broadway community has practiced the tradition of presenting the gypsy robe on opening night to that production's chorus member with the most Broadway credits. The garment is considered magical and brings with it luck, tradition, and a sense of community. It is passed from show to show, and is named for the ensemble performers, or “gypsies.” These singers and dancers are the unsung heroes of the stage, and the robe is decorated with show mementos from each person who has received it.
All of the above named performers will be receiving a custom designed RCT "Gypsy Hoodie" in a nod to the Broadway gypsy robe tradition. They will also be performing in a special musical number at the gala. We hope that the RCT “Gypsy Hoodie,” just small token of our appreciation for their being part of RCT in such a dedicated way, will become a treasured keepsake. Every year at the Starry Night Gala we honor our cast members who have reached this milestone in their RCT careers!
This year we also pay tribute to special staff and community leaders who have made major contributions to RCT’s mission: NYS Senator Jeff D Klein, RCT Resident Choreographer Justina Ercole and Composer/Music Director James Merillat. Also, each tear many past and present RCT students graduate High School. In 2015, We created a “senior salute” and invited many current and former students to come “take a bow” and perform a song together. The students participating in our senior salute this year are:
Jennifer Huvane Nala Torres Tamar Cohen Dassie Spivack
Christina Jimenez Caitlin Navarrete Ravi Schwartz Angelina Colon
Gal Benyamin Eden Uriel Joshua Bautista