NEW YORK (Reuters) – Student survivors of a Florida school shooting in February gave an emotional functionality at the yearly Tony Awards on Sunday, bringing the viewers of Broadway stars to their toes.
There was scarcely a dry eye in the home at Radio City Tunes Corridor in New York as customers of the drama department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Higher Faculty sang “Seasons of Love” from the common musical “Rent” at the yearly ceremony celebrating the best in Broadway theatre.
Some 17 college students and educators were being shot dead when a previous scholar opened fire on February 14 at the school in Parkland, Florida.
“What a thrill to be in the identical home as these astounding kids. Weren’t they great?” mentioned British actress Glenda Jackson, 82, accepting a best actress Tony award moments later.
A number of of the surviving college students, most of them from the school’s drama department, later spearheaded a national motion to conclusion gun violence, such as a “March for our Lives” nationwide event in March that attracted tens of 1000’s of individuals.
Drama instructor Melody Herzfeld, who sheltered scores of college students in the school’s drama room for more than two several hours throughout the February shooting, was also in the viewers on Sunday to settle for a special Tony award for educators.”Theater is transformative — it has the power to celebrate the best of instances, and it has the power to assistance mend us and convenience us in the worst of instances,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens, who manage the Tony awards, mentioned in a statement recognizing Herzfeld’s initiatives.
Reporting by Chris Michaud and Jill Serjeant