|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
It's opera time in the Neighborhood and Mister Rogers opens the program by reading a storybook version of the opera's beginning -- Potato Bugs and Cows.
The opera gets underway with Priscilla the Cow (Lady Aberlin) singing a song about wanting to be something besides a cow. Horatio the Potato Bug (Chef Brockett) approaches Priscilla and when asked, expresses his clear excitement at being a groovy potato bug. He agrees to try and help turn Priscilla into a potato bug.
Priscilla's mother (Harriett Elizabeth Cow) is worried and calls for the farmer when she learns of Priscilla's plan. Meanwhile, Horatio has begun teaching Priscilla how to act like a potato bug when the farmer (Reardon) takes notice on his way to visit Priscilla's mother. Inside the barn, Farmer Reardon agrees to help Mrs. Cow who has grown more worried about her daughter.
Out in the barnyard, the farmer encourages Priscilla to be a groovy cow but she hold tightly to her desire to be a potato bug. Farmer Reardon calls King Clemmons (Francois Clemmons) to ask for some help while the farmer's wife (Lady Elaine Fairchilde) encouages him to let Priscilla just be herself.
King Clemmons arrives in the barnyard compliments of Yoshi Ito's plane and is taken to see Priscilla. Learning that Horatio is Priscilla's only friend, the King returns to his castle for Joe Bull (Joe Negri) -- a very groovy cow.
Back at the barnyard, Priscilla is about to leave the farm with her new friend, Idaho the Potato Bug (Miss Paulificate). The King returns with Joe Bull just in time to convince Priscilla that cows can be groovy and making her proud to be a cow. The opera concludes with a barnyard dance.
Mister Rogers concludes the story back at the house as he finishes the story book.
With Fred Rogers
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