Puppet Show on June 17

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PAWLET — The Pawlet Public Library presents Modern Times Theater's Punch and Judy puppet show at 3 p.m. on June 17 at the Pawlet Town Auditorium, 122 School Street.

The program, appropriate for ages 1-100, is funded by a performance grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries, and admission is free.

Modern Times Theater founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander create their handmade wooden and papier mache puppets for a modern Vermont update production of the age-old Punch and Judy puppet shows, following the troubles and travails of puppetry's favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch.

This hand-puppetry style has entertained families for centuries. It addition to the puppet show, the program features live music, sing-a-longs, classic jokes and gags, and audience participation. Live acoustic music is performed on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump.

Rose Friedman and Justin Lander have been creating puppet shows together since 2003.

They are co-founders of Vermont Vaudeville, Vermont's premier Vaudeville troupe. The couple has performed at libraries, schools and fairs throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, Shelburne Farms, HOP Center at Dartmouth College, and Sinterklaas Festival, Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Following the program, the audience is invited across the street to the Pawlet Public Library for refreshments and final registration for the free Summer Reading Program for parents and children grades 1 through 6. The five-session program begins on June 21.

Because space is limited for the Summer Reading Program, registration is required.

The Pawlet Public Library is housed in a renovated and accessible historic grammar school building, located at 141 School St. in Pawlet. For a full schedule of public programs, details and suggested program reading lists, visit www.pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com or call 802-325-3123.

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