Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tony Awards


Parkland Shooting Survivors Deliver Emotional Performance At Tony Awards

June 11, 2018 - 9:55 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School delivered a surprise emotional performance at Sunday night's Tony Awards.

Members of the high school's drama department took to the stage after their teacher Melody Herzfeld received a Tony Award for excellence in theatre education.

Their rendition of "Seasons of Love," the signature song from the musical "Rent," received a standing ovation.

Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentine's Day when police say a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people.

She then later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform.

Herzfeld who grew up in Queens called the award one of the most significant moments of her life.

Herzfeld attended NYU's Tisch School for the Arts and told the audience that "we all have a common energy. We all want the same thing, we cannot deny it. To be heard. To hit our mark. To tell our truth. To make a difference. To be loyally respected. We teach this every day in every arts class."