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Jerusalem’s Train Theater takes a short ride to a new playhouse

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When Jerusalem’s Train Theater opened in 1981, the puppet playhouse was held in a repurposed railroad carriage stationed in Liberty Bell Park, a nine-acre park named for its replica of the Philadelphia bell.

That same train car, slightly shorter now and freshly painted, has a new home inside the park: the Karon Theater complex was formally opened in August, and fully completed just before Hanukkah.

Karon is the Hebrew word for a train carriage, which hearkens back to the roots of this creative and imaginative children’s theater. The new complex, situated next to the park’s skate area, basketball courts and playgrounds and funded by the British Davidson family, looks like children’s building blocks tossed on the ground.

Once inside, theatergoers can head to one of several theaters, including a grassy outdoors amphitheater, a simple black box theater that seats about 50, and the largest theater, which is located downstairs, with rows of fold-up seating that can be closed and closeted with the push of a button.

Backstage are simple dressing and storage rooms for the theater’s actors, with each small-scale tale folded into small trunks and suitcases placed neatly on the metal shelves.

The main building also houses a new exhibit created by the Karon........

© The Times of Israel

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