Carousel reopens

The Carousel of Lights reopened Saturday and will remain open until Labor Day.

In an unforgettable scene from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” Motel Kamzoil, the self-doubting tailor, timidly asks his future father-in-law Tevye for permission to marry his daughter Tzeitel. Tevye had already committed to the local butcher, Lazar Wolf, that he could marry his daughter (it’s important to remember that this musical occurs in early 20th-century Russia). However, it becomes clear to Tevye that Tzeitel and Motel are in love and meant to be together. He grants his permission for them to marry, then concocts the idea of a dream where their family throws a party and urges Tevye to allow Tzeitel and Motel to marry to gain consensus with his wife, Golde, that their daughter should marry the penniless but lovable Motel instead of the wealthy Lazar.

When Motel gains Tevye’s support to marry his love, he shouts, “It was a miracle,” and launches into the memorable song “Miracle of Miracles” to celebrate the unlikely development that, to the audience, just seemed like it was meant to be.

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