Is the ц in сцена really pronounced by natives? I've heard show hosts say "на сцене" and it sounds to me like "ссе" rather than "сце". Could it be a regional thing maybe or is my listening comprehension in need of training?
To me the pronunciation sounds as though the word were spelled "мали́нькая". I understand the stress is supposed to be on the first syllable, but to me it sounds more like it's on the second (although the "е" sounds like "и", like you would expect when it's unstressed).