SATURDAY STOREFRONT PUPPET SERIES
Every March we convert an empty storefront in downtown Hardwick into a Pop-up Theater. Over the course of three weekends we present an epic Punch and Judy melodrama in three parts.
Each weekend features a new installment of “The Perils of Mr. Punch”, chronicling the troubles of puppetry’s favorite loud mouth. These shows feature brand new puppets and characters, as well as classic puppetry gags and tricks. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, and a great spot for parents and friends to meet, in the walkable downtown of Hardwick.
Mr. Punch, who has been delighting audiences for over 350 years, is the star of the show, and children (as well as adults), find his charms irresistible. Puppet shows are a fantastic opportunity for young people to have positive early experiences of live theater.
These shows are set in a carnival-like atmosphere. Audience members can purchase refreshments- cider, coffee, popcorn, and donuts made by Red Sky Trading. Pre-show music features favorites from a collection of vintage 78 rpm records, played on a hand-cranked gramophone (audience participation required). And the programs all feature live music played on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump.
Plans are underway for the 2020 Saturday Storefront Series, which will take place in downtown St. Johnsbury. Stay tuned for details!