Friday, June 21, 2019

"Song of Parkland": high school students put on a major musical after a catastrophic event

Song of Parkland”, directed by Amy Schatz, is a 29-minute HBO documentary about the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL in a drama and chorus class, taught by Melody Herzfeld.

The students and teacher heard the shots, and Melody sheltered them for two hours in the Feb. 14, 2018 school shooting until police led them out.

Two months later, they resume production of a musical, and students composed portions of it, like a song “Beautiful Things Can Grow”.

Eventually the students perform in Boston, New York, Washington and San Francisco. They win a Tony Award at the end.

Several students appear and talk about the production, like Alex Wild and Cameron Kasky.  Some of Emma Gonzelez’s speech from March 24 in Washington.

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