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The Arts

Modern Times Theater sends puppets into space

WEST DUMMERSTON—Modern Times Theater will present The Perils of Mr. Punch, Episode #211: “The Astro-Nut” on Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m., at the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St.

The show is free and appropriate for all ages.

The Perils of Mr. Punch follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouths, Punch and Judy. In the latest episode, Mr. Punch attempts to be the first puppet to go into space.

Of course, nothing ever goes right — his wife, Judy, is more than happy to see him go, his rocket ship is made of cardboard, and crocodiles appear around every corner. The skillfully-operated hand puppets are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage.

The low-tech, old-time spectacle is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump.

Modern Times Theater has been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows for more than a decade.

Co-founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander are a husband and wife duo, producers of the award-winning Vermont Vaudeville, and alumni of the Bread and Puppet Theater. Parents themselves, they say they strive to present quality entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

For more information, call 802-258-9878.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #515 (Wednesday, June 19, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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