Congratulations to Jai Cha, our Community Robe Recipient

Since 1950, Broadway has had a tradition to award a robe (previously called the “Gypsy Robe”, recently renamed the “Legacy Robe”) to a member of the show’s Ensemble who best characterizes the heart of the show. It is then the duty of that Ensemble member to add something to the robe to represent their show and then return for the opening of the next show to hand over the robe to the newest recipient.

We at SCP have also followed that tradition for some time, we also previously called it the “Gypsy Robe” but when the news came out that Broadway was going to rename it, we also decided to rename our robe as well. SCP now calls our robe the “Community Robe” and on opening night we award the robe to a member of the Ensemble who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help with the show.

Congratulations Jai
Our Director (Raissa) and Jekyll (James) congratulating our new Community Robe recipient, Jai Cha

While we could easily have awarded the robe to any member of our Ensemble because they are all fantastic, when we sat down to discuss who should receive the robe for this show, there was definitely a clear front-runner.

Jai Cha has not only embraced his Ensemble role with gusto, dutifully memorizing lyrics and blocking and generally being a fantastic cast-member, but he has repeatedly volunteered to help with other aspects of the production as well.

It was not at all uncommon for Jai to be at SCP’s shop till 3 in the morning (even after a rehearsal!) working on the set. He was often asking production staff if there was anything he could do to help, and he never once complained about anything he was asked to do.

In the end, there really was no contest. Jai has more than earned the honor of being our Jekyll & Hyde Community Robe recipient.

It is now Jai’s responsibility to add a patch to the robe to represent Jekyll & Hyde and then come to the opening of Urinetown in late October to hand over the robe to the next recipient.

Be sure to come see Jai and the rest of our amazing Ensemble in Jekyll & Hyde, open now and running Thursdays through Sundays until October 6th.

Jai Cha (Ensemble) is  happy to be sharing his Sunnyvale debut with you, and only his second in the Bay Area.  Originally a Fresno native, he brings a vast arsenal of skill sets he learned and developed both on and off stage: making good use of his associate degrees in music and theatre. Previous credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone, Mulan and the Battle on Black Mountain, The Merry Widow, and The Pirates of Penzance

Leave a Reply