On February 11, 2012, the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA’s Board of Regents of ARS Schools organized a special showing for ARS Saturday School students. With the Hovhannes Tumanyan State Puppet Theatre of Yerevan recently touring various communities throughout the United States, more than 60 ARS Saturday School students and their teachers enjoyed a unique performance at the Armenag Der Bedrossian hall of St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale.
Puppeteers Nayra Hakobyan, Aghasi Melkonyan, Robert Sargsyan, and Inga Zaharyan performed Hovhannes Tumanyan’s tale “The Foolish Man” in Armenian and students closely followed the live entertainment along in good cheer. The show capped off with multiple dance routine performances accompanied by traditional Armenian songs.
ARS Saturday Schools currently boast 525 students throughout local communities and are dedicated to providing instruction in the Armenian language, history, writing, culture, music, and much more. Throughout a given year, special programs and events are organized for the benefit of students’ cultural awareness and academic enrichment.
The ARS of Western USA, established in 1984 and with regional headquarters in Glendale, California, is a humanitarian organization with 27 chapters and over 1,500 members in 5 western states. The ARS of Western USA operates a Social Service Division with 5 social service centers and a Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center in Southern California, in addition to funding numerous youth programs, scholarships, and relief efforts around the word. For further information, please visit www.arswestusa.org