LOS ANGELES — The Tekeyan Cultural Association’s Arshag Dickranian School held its 31st Christmas Program on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the school’s Walter and Laurel Karabian Hall.
The program was jointly organized by pre-kindergarten teacher Madlena Marikyan, Kindergarten teacher Anahid Avanessian and her assistant Tamara Nahapetyan, Armenian teacher Emma Umroyan, music teacher Komitas Keshishyan and dance teacher Robert Arakelian.
Students ranging from pre-kindergarten through 11th grade participated, performing a medley of stage presentations and dances, interjected by recitations and Christmas carols sung by the school choir. The program began with the welcoming and humorous remarks of first-grade students Katrina Kourouyan and Gevork Nalbandyan, much to the delight of the audience. Next, students from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades enacted various scenes of the way of life in Bethlehem around the time before the birth of Jesus. Then, third-grade student Hamlet Oganesyan gave the tidings of Jesus’ birth and the program took a more festive turn. The pre-kindergartners took the stage and performed a Christmas Broadway dance wearing shiny hats, followed by recitations of Christmas poems in Armenian, after which the kindergartners danced to Silent Night. A series of Christmas carols performed by the school choir, and medleys and dances were then performed by students ranging from pre-kindergarten through sixth grades, the theme of which was “to give rather than receive.” Next came a performance by 10th and 11th-grade students who danced an Armenian folk dance to the delightful voice of soloist and 2010 school alumna Ani Nercessian.
Near the end, 12th-grader Morris Sarafyan made an imposing entrance dressed as Santa cheering the crowd. Students then circled him and danced to the tune, Eem Anoonne Hayastan Eh, while parents cheered to the brilliant performances of their children.
Principal Vartkes Kourouyan delivered the closing remarks by thanking all the hands involved in the preparation and production of this event, giving guests, faculty, students and teachers his best holiday wishes and inviting guests to socialize and enjoy refreshments.
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