Parkland Drama Club Students Crushed 'Seasons of Love' at the Tony Awards

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The teens are better than us—this much we know. But if you need another reminder, here’s one: students from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Club lovingly brought down the house at the Tony Awards on Sunday night with an excellent rendition of the classic Rent song, “Seasons of Love.” There was nary a dry eye in the house.

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If the Tony Awards’ goal was to make people both cry and feel inspired, “Seasons of Love” was a solid song choice.

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Earlier in the night, the Tonys recognized Melody Herzfeld, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher who saved the lives of 65 students during the February 14 shooting by barricading them in a closet.

Herzfeld said in her acceptance speech, “I’m overwhelmed. But I hope that this award will remind everyone of how vital and important arts education is to our kids. Drama, music, art, creative writing that’s how you make good citizens.”

Watch the clips above.

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It would have been such a better year if none of us knew about MSD, if those kids had only ever been on stage at their school at this point in their lives, and if that drama teacher had only ever had to figure out how to deal with her costume closet, not keeping students alive in a closet.

But we didn’t get to have that year, and these beautiful kids didn’t get to have that year, and too many students and parents and families keep having a year full of loss and confusion and hurt, at MSD and beyond.

My dream is that we can one day measure a year without a mass shooting, and then another, and then another. And my dream is that every child who survived this will experience much more joy than pain in the years to come.

They are beautiful, they sounded beautiful, and I’m lucky to watch this.