Drama college students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Florida, the place 17 folks had been shot lifeless in February, have once more shocked an viewers with a touching efficiency.
Unsuspecting theatergoers at a fundraiser in New York’s Central Park for the summer season Shakespeare within the Park program had been handled to a particular quantity Monday, only a day after they graced the stage on the Tony Awards.
Monday’s profit included a manufacturing of the 1978 Tony-nominated present “Runaways” by the late Elizabeth Swados, CBS News experiences.
The Parkland college students had been introduced onstage on the conclusion of the present. They carried out a bit written by Swados for a “Runaways” screenplay that was by no means produced.
Hours earlier, the college students appeared throughout Sunday’s award present, the place they sang “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Hire.”
Their drama trainer, Melody Herzfeld, was honored in the course of the present with a Tony Award for excellence in theater training.
Herzfeld has been credited with defending her college students in the course of the Valentine’s Day capturing.
She directed her college students in a singing efficiency throughout a CNN city corridor that befell only a week after a gunman went on a capturing rampage within the hallways of their faculty.
The efficiency of “Shine,” a tune written by two of her college students, spoke volumes to the solidarity of the Parkland neighborhood, and the ache within the aftermath of the bloodbath.
She defined the refrain was made up of lots of her drama college students, and he or she helped encourage every of them to make use of their creativity to take motion.
“I used to be so pleased with my college students,” she mentioned. “My job is to not inform them tips on how to be, or what to imagine, or tips on how to suppose. My job is barely to assist what their truths are and be behind them as a trainer.”
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