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Posted: June 11, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: Parkland drama students give emotional performance of 'Seasons of Love'

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Tony Awards 2018: Parkland drama students give emotional performance of 'Seasons of Love'
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama students perform onstage during the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, delivered a heartfelt performance of "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" at the Tony Awards on Sunday, nearly four months after a mass shooting at their school left 17 dead.

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The performance, which drew tears and a standing ovation, came after the school's drama director, Melody Herzfeld, received the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. According to The Associated Press, Herzfeld "saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet" during the Feb. 14 massacre.

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"All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will always be embraced," she said.

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Celebrities and other viewers took to social media to praise the students and Herzfeld.

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