Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Gave A Moving Performance At The Tony Awards

They sang "Seasons of Love."

Broadway's biggest stars welcomed some special guests to the Tony Awards stage on Sunday night. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, joined voices for a moving performance of "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent

According to Teen Vogue, Matthew Morrison introduced the talented young performers by explaining that Stoneman Douglas student Tanzil Philip had reached out to thank the Broadway community for their support following February's shooting (including the benefit concert From Broadway With Love.)

"Well, Tan, rather than inviting you onto this stage to say thanks to us, our Broadway community wants to say thanks to you by sharing the stage with you and your classmates," Morrison said.

The students were also present to honor their drama teacher, Melody Herzfeld, who received the Excellence in Theatre Education award, which includes a $10,000 donation to the Stoneman Douglas theatre program. People reports that Herzfeld hid 60 students during the shooting. 

Herzfeld used her acceptance speech to speak to the power of arts education, calling it "the most important part of a child's education." She ended her remarks by saying, "MSD strong."

See the students' performance, and Herzfeld's speech, in the videos below:


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