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The Spring Awakening of the Stoneman Douglas Theatre Kids

One of the less inspiring things about the movement led by student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting has been the conspiracy theory—proliferated in the swampy depths where such things proliferate—that the students are actually “crisis actors.” It’s a warped brand of trutherism that spread after Sandy Hook and has since, as my colleague Eric Lach wrote this week, been impossible to reason with. But that isn’t to say that the kids aren’t actors. Cameron Kasky, the seventeen-year-old firebrand who started the Never Again movement with his classmates, told Wolf Blitzer, “Well, if you had seen me in our school’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ you would know that nobody would pay me to act for anything.”

Taken aback, Blitzer responded, “ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a great—who did you play, by the way?” (My question, too.) The answer was Motel the Tailor, and Kasky, staying remarkably on message, told him, “And I have to tell you, what we’ve seen so far is a ‘Miracle of Miracles.’ ”

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Feb 26 2018 Category: News

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