MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS STUDENTS SING ‘SEASONS OF LOVE’ IN EMOTIONAL PERFORMANCE AT TONY AWARDS

Marjory Stoneman Douglas students sing ‘Seasons of Love’ in emotional performance at Tony Awards

11 JUN 18 01:30 ET

    (CNN) — Standing onstage at the Tony Awards, the drama students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang of love and loss in an stirring performance of “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.”

The students sang on a solemn, dark stage with lights centered on them, after which they received a standing ovation.

Their drama teacher, Melody Herzfeld, was honored with a Tony Award for excellence in theater education from the Tonys and Carnegie Mellon University at the Sunday ceremony.

She and 65 of her students hid for two hours in her office when a mass shooter went on a rampage on February 14 the high school in Parkland, Florida.

“I remember on February 7th, sharing a circle with my beloved students, and encouraging them to be good to each other when times were trying, and to keep the family together,” she said in her acceptance speech.

“I remember only a week later, on February 14th, a perfect day, where all these lessons in my life and in their short lives would be called upon to set into action … We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. We cannot deny it: To be heard, to tell our truth, to make a difference and to be loyally respected. We teach this every day in every arts class,” she said.

A week after the February massacre in which 17 students and faculty members died, Herzfeld directed her students in a performance of an original song called “Shine” during a CNN town hall. The song, written by two Parkland students, was part anthem, part rallying cry, expressing their pain in the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.

A video of the song “Shine” was released last month, with proceeds from the downloads and views of it doing to Shine MSD, a nonprofit created by Stoneman Douglas families to support programs that provide healing through the arts. “Shine” was also performed live at the March for Our Lives in Washington in March.

“You’re not gonna knock us down. We’ll get back up again. You may have hurt us. But I promise we’ll be stronger,” a lyric from the song goes.

Herzfeld has been directing the drama department at Stoneman Douglas since 2003, overseeing more than 50 productions, according to Carnegie Mellon. She received a $10,000 prize with the award.

She ended her speech with thanks to her high school and the words: “MSD strong.”

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Nash Notes

Listen to Reba McEntire’s Liberating New Single, “Freedom”

Listen to Reba McEntire’s Liberating New Single, “Freedom”

Reba McEntire is shipping a new single, “Freedom,” to country radio. The tune, which was co-penned by James Brunswick, Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer and John Pierce, is featured on Reba’s upcoming 33rd studio album, Stronger Than the Truth, which drops on April 5. In addition to co-producing the project with Buddy Cannon, Reba co-penned two…

Listen to Brett Young Duet With Brooks & Dunn on “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You”

Listen to Brett Young Duet With Brooks & Dunn on “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You”

Two weeks before the April 5 release of their new album, Reboot, Brooks & Dunn have shared another track from the project: “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You,” which features Brett Young. The upcoming album features an all-star cast of artists performing duets with country’s best-selling duo, including Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, Lanco,…

Oak Ridge Boys Plan Two New Dave Cobb-Produced Albums, Including a Christmas Record

Oak Ridge Boys Plan Two New Dave Cobb-Produced Albums, Including a Christmas Record

The Oak Ridge Boys—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—are getting a jump on the Christmas season by announcing an upcoming holiday record that will be released this fall. Produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton), the new holiday collection follows the Oaks’ 2016 yuletide offering, Celebrate Christmas. In…

Playlist

Headlines