Armenians Got Talent


Worcester Show Highlights Local Performers

WORCESTER — The parishioners of the Armenian Church Of Our Saviour confirmed the strength of the Armenian spirit by presenting “Armenians Got Talent!” in the church’s Cultural Center on Saturday, May 17. Billed as “Fun For All Ages,” the talent show featured performers of all ages (ranging from 3 to 90 plus!) in a variety of musical acts with singing, dancing and instrumental performances.

Parish Council Chairman Ed Ataman welcomed the enthusiastic crowd of 275 to the special program designed to highlight Armenian artistic and cultural talents. But, as Armenian tradition dictates, food was the first order of business. The Hye Ladies Association prepared dinner (desserts by the Ladies Auxiliary) which was served by of the ACYOA Juniors on tables decorated by Rose Gervais, Sela Horne, Nirva Penbeyan-Renzetti, and Dorin Penbeyan-Wright. Entertainment during the meal was provided by Stephen Kheboian on guitar.

Talent coordinator Linda Bullock was the M.C. for the evening and kept the flow of the acts moving at a brisk pace. Sophia Naroian started the show with a soulful rendition of God Bless America followed by a rollicking soft shoe version of There’s No Business Like Show Business by the Hot Babes (Ann Avakian, Manoushag Garabedian, Margo Masmanian, Arpy Migridichian, Betty Orsi, Marion Yagoobian), complete with top hats and canes. They set the accomplished tone for the entire program.

Instrumental performances included the following: Andrew DeMauro (cello); Elizabeth DeMauro (violin); Ruben Naroian (guitar); Edward Naroian (trumpet); Anthony and Eric Migridichian (saxophones); Sarah Percifull (flute); and pianists Elizabeth DeMauro, Arsen Gulbankian, Lori Manoukian, Edward Naroian, Anna Noroian, Stephen Shamgochian and Agnes Torosian.

Delightful vocal performances featured Adam Bullock (Besame Mucho); Christine Hoogasian (Marble Halls); John Marderosian (Send Me The Pillow You Cry On and I’m So Tired of Crying); Elizabeth Nalbandian and Ani Seppelin accompanied by Ani Hovhannisyan on piano (Skyfall); Elizabeth Nalbandian, Adam, Ani, David Seppelin (Welcome to Armenia); Sophia Naroian (Let It Go); Brenda Sicard (I Honestly Love You).

The Children’s Chorus captivated everyone with their singing of three selections: There Were Twelve Disciples, “This Little Light Of Mine and Let’s Play Together.

Solo dance numbers by Sarah Percifull (“From here to There”) and Angelina Wright (“Calling All The Monsters”) were imaginative and dynamic. The duet of Claire and John DiCiccio to “In The Mood” was filled with energy and executed with precision. Lily and Sarah Bialkin, Alissa and Emilee Der Kazarian, Julia and Sophia Elbe were a hit in You Are the One I Want. Arek Gulbankian, Artash Oganezov, and Christian Rivera revealed confidence and swagger in the Armenian dance, “Arparani Par.”

All were charmed by the little ones in “The Do Bee Dance.”

The ACOOS Dance Team displayed enthusiasm and zest in doing the Charleston.

A surprise bonus was an appearance by Michael Jackson (aka Margo Masmanian), who offered a dazzling interpretation of Billie Jean. The audience responded with a standing ovation. The finale was We Are Family, sung by the entire cast and introduced by the Not Performing Men’s Group of Ed Atamian, Barry Bilzerian, Charles Garabedian, and Scott Percifull.

Rev. Aved Terzian, pastor of the Armenian Church Of Our Saviour, in his closing remarks, thanked everyone for their participation and support, especially the performers, parents, and volunteers who devoted much time and effort in making “Armenians Got Talent!” a great success. Specific praise and congratulations were given to Talent Coordinator Linda Bullock and husband Ben Bullock for their leadership, encouragement, and creativity in putting together such an outstanding showcase of Armenian talent. He commented that this was truly a family affair and we, as a family, should be happy and proud of our heritage, our church, and our faith.