As a tradition, end-of-year programs are the perfect culmination for an exciting school year. This year, however, the Holy Martyrs ARS Ashkhen Pilavjian preschoolers, faculty and administration exceeded all expectations with their full scale musical production of Hovaness Toumanian’s “Chari Verje”.
On Sunday, June 1, more than 800 parents, friends and community leaders watched with eagerness and admiration as three and four year olds displayed their talents of singing, dancing and being adorable on stage.
Singing sensation, and music teacher, Araksia Varderessian created and arranged the score, as well as oversaw all details of the production for the musical version of the famous fable.
The children had been practicing and preparing since December, 2007, including making several trips to a recording studio to record the songs. The elaborate costumes and set design were lead by the talents of Peggy Ishkhanian, Ashot Dourian, Gilbert Baghramian and Sarkis Azaian.
“The smashing success of our program was due to the combined efforts of our faculty, staff, parents, and, of course, our hard-working children,” said Preschool Director Vehik Gabrielian. “We are so proud of our little ones’ accomplishmen’s and thankful for everyone’s support.”
CDs and DVDs of the musical will be available for sale in the next few weeks.