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Parkland School Shooting Survivors Performed "Seasons Of Love" At The Tonys And Everyone Sobbed


Students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took the stage at the Tony Awards on Sunday for a moving performance of “Seasons of Love,” an iconic song about resilience from the musical Rent.

EVERYONE cried.

The school’s drama teacher, Melody Herzfeld — who shielded students during the February 14 shooting that killed 17 people — accepted the Tony Award for excellence in theater education.

“All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will never be erased,” Herzfeld said in her acceptance speech. “We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected. We teach this every day in every arts class.”The award, first introduced in 2015, includes a $10,000 prize for the school's theater program.

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“All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will never be erased,” Herzfeld said in her acceptance speech. “We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected. We teach this every day in every arts class.”

The award, first introduced in 2015, includes a $10,000 prize for the school’s theater program.

After Herzfeld spoke, her students filled the stage to sing “Seasons of Love.”

Everyone was extremely moved.

There were lots…

And lots…

Of tears.

People thought it was inspiring.

And that the song choice was poignant.

People called it the perfect song for the moment.

“I am all mucus. That was so powerful.”

People applauded the drama students as “the future.”

“Nailed it!!”

“The MSDHS kids ended their rendition of ‘Seasons of Love’ on a major chord, rather than a minor chord. That is important. Theatre is important. Life lives on. Remember that.”





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