If you didn't watch last night's Tony Awards broadcast, for all the excellent professional performances the highlight of the evening may have been a song from the theater department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It wasn't just that it was obviously emotional, but...well, just watch the faces of the professionals in the audience.
Here's the video of that, singing "Seasons of Love" from Rent. I'm only sorry that it starts with the song, and doesn't include Jeff Daniels' introduction. It was very touching, and included mention of himself and a few others from the theater community going to Parkland, Florida, to participate with with the students. And after that, one of the students contacted the Tony Committee to ask if he might be able to appear on the broadcast to explain how important and appreciate all that involvement was to the school. Instead, Daniels said, the committee chose to invite all the students to perform on the show -- and there was a gasp from the audience -- and here they are. And the audience went wild.
And then they saw this.
And unfortunately, the video leaves out the cheering for half a minute after.
As a bonus, here's video of an acceptance speech which did not make it on the broadcast. It came from the Creative Arts Tony Awards which were presented at an earlier ceremony, and they only showed snippets of the acceptances. This is the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and as you'll see, it's a shame that this whole thing didn't make it on the national broadcast. One of the more eloquent speeches you'll see at an awards ceremony (though I'm sure she knew ahead that she was receiving it and could prepare. She used her time well.) The reason this is a bonus video and included here is that the recipient is Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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