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Happy Purim for knights and princesses
Today and tomorrow from 11am - 3pm, the Tower of David Museum invites all boys and girls to become knights and princesses in the ancient fortress. At the citadel, children will be able to meet characters from olden days as well as participate in a creative workshop where they can pretend they are living in the days when the citadel was populated by kings and duchesses, soldiers and common folk. Children (aged 5-10) participating in the workshop can put on makeup, create shields and princesses' hats and even craft unique Purim rattles.
Costumed with the articles they designed, the children and their parents will set off on a colorful tour of the citadel amongst the trails, rooms, hidden corners and gardens of the citadel. Participation price is NIS 15 per adult and NIS 30 per child including entrance fee to the museum.
Jerusalem Post Staff
Megilla takes to the streets
Merkaz Tair is organizing a public reading of Megillat Esther on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv with performers acting out the Megilla as its read. This is the second year for the Rothschild reading, which is supported by the Tel Aviv Municipality's Jewish events department. Rav Lau, the chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, will also be speaking. The event will take place at 8:15pm on the corner of Rothschild and Sheinkin.
'MAMMA MIA' in demand
Due to demand for tickets, the international production of hit musical MAMMA MIA, which is scheduled to grace these shores in June, has added eight more performances to its already packed schedule of 15 shows.
Set to light up Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena, the only location in Israel large enough for the performance, producers announced Wednesday that 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the show. The arena, which will be converted into a conventional theater, can hold 3,050 people per performance.
Based on the songs of Eighties singing troupe ABBA, more than 30 million people worldwide have seen MAMMA MIA since it premiered in London's West End in 1999.
The show's international cast will premiere in Israel on June 12 and will play eight times a week through the end of the month.
Shows will run Mon.-Sat. (not including Fri.) at 8:30 pm, Fri. at 1:30 pm, Wed. and Sat. at 4:30 pm. Ticket's cost NIS 250-475 from all ticket agencies and NIS 169-349 for Orange customers.
Mary Gordon wins $20K for fiction
Mary Gordon won the Story Prize last week, the largest cash prize for U.S. fiction, for her book The Stories of Mary Gordon.
Gordon, who teaches English at New York's Barnard College, won the $20,000 first prize and an engraved silver bowl for her collection of short stories, written over 30 years and published by Random House's Pantheon Books imprint.
"I didn't think this was going to happen," Gordon said in her acceptance speech. "The short story is a very precious and somewhat endangered species."
Gordon's novels, include Final Payments and Pearl. She also wrote a memoir, The Shadow Man.