Students of Marjory Stoneman Dauglas High School singing Seasons of love from the musical Rent left the audience in tears and inspired the attendees of the Tony Awards ceremony. On February 14, a mass shooter killed 17 people in Marjory Stoneman Dauglas High School. M
elody Herzfeld – drama teacher saved 65 students by hiding them for two hours in her office while the shooter went on a rampage. She was honoured with a Tony Award for excellence in theatre education.
The students gave the performance as an honour to their drama teacher. “I remember on Feb. 7, in a circle with my students, encouraging them to be good to each other. And I remember only a week later, on Feb. 14, a perfect day, where all these lessons in my life and in their short lives would be called into action. 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,” said Melody in her acceptance speech.
The students received a standing ovation for their exceptional performance. Especially, the girl who hit the high notes just blew everyone’s mind.