The Perils of Mr. Punch
This updated classic follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch. Nothing ever goes right– his dog looks suspiciously like a skunk, his baby doesn’t behave, and crocodiles appear around every corner. The skillfully operated hand puppets are made of garbage and up-cycled material, and are chock full of surprises and tricks, as is the elaborate stage.
This ever-evolving saga changes with the seasons, and is always fresh, with new gags, and puppets constantly joining the cast.
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 children of all ages: from one to one hundred.
Every summer, Modern Times Theater creates a new show, based on the theme of the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Modern Times Theater is on the Vermont Department of Libraries Grant Performer list.
Mr. Punch and his gang also have shows themed to your specific event:
“Punch at the Fair”: perfect for agricultural county fairs and festivals.
“Punch and the Haunted Mansion”: A spooky night of ghosts, witches and goblins.
“Oktoberfest Punch”: Even the Bozo Brothers put on their best lederhosen.
“Holiday Punch”: Mr. Punch’s left over Turkey manages to get the better of him.
“Use it up”: Mr. Punch’s garbage pile nearly devours him
For cabarets, variety and vaudeville shows we offer our best material from the past decade of performing Vaudeville. These include original musical comedy acts, monologues, live silent films, and novelty songs– featuring the sweet sounds of the cigar box ukulele, shepherd’s crook cornet, upright bass, and bicycle pump.
Justin has been providing auctioneer services free of charge for charitable events since 2006. Whether for town libraries, major non-profit annual funds or activist fundraisers, he will auction pies, art, or services in a humorous and thoroughly entertaining manner. His current record is a $175 cherry pie.