ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — On June 26 and 27, the Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Mher Megertchian Theatrical Group of Greater New York and New Jersey presented the William Saroyan play, “My Heart’s in the Highlands.”
The diligent committee planned a traditional cast party and reception, where more than 100 persons were in attendance at the St. Thomas Armenian Church Atrium. The cast party included the actors and their families, and all those who had contributed were invited to celebrate all the hard work of the volunteer TCA Mher Megertchian theatrical group’s talented actors and actresses and the remarkably talented Babakhanyan family of five actors.
The evening commenced with the welcoming remarks of the TCA New York/New Jersey Chairman Hagop Vartivarian, who acknowledged the presence of Armenia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Garen Nazarian and his family, and a few of the patrons and sponsors of the event who were present, Dr. Raffi and Shoghag Hovanessian, Dr. Vaghenag Tarpinian, André Roubian and Dr. Jacques Gulekjian.
He thanked and praised all the volunteer actors and commended behind the scenes industrious technical workers; especially the diligent Vicken Demirjian, Hratch Zokian and Vazken Jansezian, and highly praised the director Hovhaness Babakhanyan and his family, especially Gor Babakhanyan for his outstanding performance.
Vartivarian then invited the co-chairman of the Greater New York/New Jersey Tekeyan Cultural Association Committee Haroutune Chatmajian who was also the production manager. Chatmajian thanked the cast and crew and lauded them for their hard work. Also he appreciated the fact that it was very favorable and invaluable working with the director of whom everyone had grown fond in a short period of time. Then he reminisced back to the time when he had acted in the same play at a different production, where he was cast as the father and his own son as Johnny, and expressed how he had enormously enjoyed that time that was provided by the TCA Mher Megertchian Theatrical Production.