Puppet shows, comedy, and music for everyone.

Modern Times Theater delights crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past, including novelty music, handmade puppetry, and classic comedy. Husband and wife performers Justin Lander and Rose Friedman have been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows, and performing original variety acts with Vermont Vaudeville for over a decade. They strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

We are responding to COVID-19 with a variety of safe entertainment options, including socially distanced live performances, do-it-yourself puppetry kits, and live stream puppet shows.


Live curbside entertainment with Punch and Judy

We are traveling this season with a short, mobile puppet show, available for outdoor performances, at a safe social distance.

The one and only Punch and Judy, presented live, in your driveway. Allow Mr. Punch to deftly remove your bad mood, whilst he exhausts your child! Gawk as Judy performs daring feats of carpentry! Watch out as Mr. Punch dodges a sneezing virus! It’s a melodrama of epically small proportions, and it’s so funny that you’ll forget to take out your phone.

The hand puppets are created from up-cycled designer trash and performed in an eccentric itinerant puppet stage and travels within Vermont and New Hampshire for private parties and public events that follow current health guidelines.


For the first time ever, we are offering performances at the safest of social distances.  Available for schools, camps, and private events, you can now import Punch and Judy, via your computer screen.

TALK TO A PUPPET: Punch out and let Mr. Punch in. 

Does your child love Mr. Punch?  Do they have a lot of questions that maybe only Mr. Punch can answer?  Do you need a break?  For the first time in Modern History, Mr. Punch is making himself available for one on one conversations with curious children, via video chat.  Perfect for birthdays, rainy days, and everything in between.


For donations of $25 or more, we will send you the “Puppet Show Action Pack”, an exciting  kit for making your own puppetry fun, which includes instructional booklets on puppet making, stage building, and junk instruments, as well as kazoos, stickers, paper puppet templates, and handmade finger puppets. Click the donate button on this page to link to our paypal, where you can leave a note with the address where you wish to receive your action pack. Thanks for your support!