From Broward to Broadway: Parkland students perform during the Tony Awards
'I've been dreaming that since I was 8 years old,' student Kali Clougherty told 'Today' on Monday.
Members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performed during Sunday night's Tony Awards, moving many of Broadway's veterans to tears.
During the performance, the students from Parkland, Florida, who earlier this year survived a school shooting that left 17 dead and 17 others injured, sang "Seasons of Love" from the show "Rent."
The performance at New York City's Radio City Music Hall earned the students a standing ovation.
On Monday morning, student Kali Clougherty, who had a solo during the performance, told "Today" the performance was a moment she'll never forget.
"I've been dreaming that since I was 8 years old," Clougherty said. "I just graduated high school and, I mean, I'm not even on Broadway yet, and I got to do what a lot of people on Broadway haven't gotten to do yet."
After the performance, members of Clougherty's ensemble tweeted about what the moment meant to them.
"Glee" and "Finding Neverland" actor Matthew Morrison introduced the performance, noting that he had performed with the Stoneman Douglas students during a benefit earlier in the year.
“For us, it was a life-changing experience to see these inspiring young people channeling their intense feelings of hurt and rage and sorrow into art,” he said.
Morrisoin explained that student Tanzil Philip had asked the Tonys if he and his classmates could appear during the show.
"Our Broadway family wants to give and say thanks to you, by sharing the stage with you and your classmates,” he said.
Earlier in the night, Meoldy Herzfeld, the director of Stoneman Douglas' drama department, won a special Tony award for excellence in theater education. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize.
“We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected. We teach this every day in every arts class,” Herzfeld said in her acceptance speech.