Modern Times Theater

Join us for a very special kick-off to the Rockingham Free Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program with Modern Times Theater in “The Astro-Nut” and the 11th Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Wednesday, June 26, at 5pm. This all-ages event is free and open to the public.

“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 to 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 full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage. The show is rounded out with live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump. It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, entertaining to people of all ages: from one to one hundred.

Modern Times Theater has been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows for over 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 strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

Don’t forget to bring your stuffed animal! What would your stuffed animal do if it spent the night at the Library? Find out by bringing one of your dolls, figures, or stuffed animals (not your favorite one, though—you’ll want to keep that with you) to the Youth Department anytime between Monday, June 24 and Wednesday, June 26. We’ll create a video of how your stuffed animal spent the night in the Library. Find the RFPL Youth Department’s Youtube channel online to see videos from previous years. Don’t forget to pick up your stuffed animal on June 27th!

For more information contact the Library at 802.463.4270,, online at, or visit the Library at 65 Westminster St in Bellows Falls, VT.

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Jun 26 2019


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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