GLENDALE—Chamlian Armenian School students staged a play based on the 1988 Oscar-nominated drama Stand and Deliver on May 26. The play was based on the inspirational story of how Jamie Escalante, a dedicated high school math teacher, transformed one of the lowest performing high schools into a model for raising the academic achievement of disadvantaged children.
With the guidance of drama teacher, Nareg Tutak, the 7th and 8th grade students put on an unforgettable performance in front of an audience of students, parents, and community members. Principal Vazken Madenlian mentioned that he was pleasantly surprised at the level of talent. During the months leading up to the play, Ms. Nareg Tutak witnessed a group of nervous 7th and 8th graders blossom into confident performers. This was unquestionably revealed through the professionalism portrayed by the students. Tutak was glad to note that “The production of Stand and Deliver inspired the cast and the crew as well as the audience due to its uplifting message.”
Every member of the cast gave an incredible performance and we are very proud of our students for working very hard as a team to bring this inspirational story to life.