Tony Awards: Parkland survivors perform ‘Rent’ song ‘Seasons of Love’

Melody Herzfeld

Melody Herzfeld

The 2018 Tony Awards took a break from rewarding excellence in theater to honor the students in the theater department of Parkland, Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School, who survived a tragic mass shooting earlier this year.

The students' heroic musical theater teacher, Melody Herzfeld, got choked up as she watched the young singers on stage.

There's incredible strength and courage in continuing to sing and express oneself among the tragedy and terror of school shootings across the nation-the kind of freedom and artistic expression that Melody Herzfeld emphasized in her speech. She also supported the student's movements for gun reform that garnered nationwide attention. We all want the same thing. "I remember on February 7, in a circle with my students, encouraging them to be good to each other".

Viewers at home were in tears during the performance. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference.

Herzfeld, who will receive a $10,000 prize for her theater program, has been responsible for more than 50 productions at Stoneman Douglas since 2003.

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On Sunday night, the Tony Awards were truly full of surprises.

"I'm still moved by the Parkland High School students". Thank you #Emmys for including these extraordinary kids in the evening's.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department perform "Seasons of Love" at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in NY.

Zack Ford tweeted: 'OMG the drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS are at the #TonyAwards singing Seasons of Love and I'm bawling'.

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