The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took to the stage of the Tony Awards Sunday night just months after a shooting took the lives of 17 students and teachers at their Florida school.
The students performed their rendition of Seasons of Love from the hit musical Rent, complete with a belted out and gutsy solo that drew well-deserved audience cheers.
Their performance drew a strong reaction throughout the song, as evidenced by the audience reaction shots, and ended with an extended standing ovation from Broadway’s best in the audience, many which appeared clearly moved by the students’ efforts.
In addition to the students’ time on the stage, Parkland drama teacher Melody Herzfeld was honored with the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.
We’re honored to name Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, FL the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award, presented by @CarnegieMellon. #ApplaudMyTeacher Photo: Ian Witlen @theCameraClicks https://t.co/HHtzE5BfhM pic.twitter.com/oQNWeXPdtf
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) May 31, 2018
Herzfeld was one of the teachers that helped save lives on the day a shooter entered the Parkland students’ school and hid over 60 students in a closet.
The drama teachers’ award is given to a teacher who has “demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession.”
Watch above, via CBS.
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