|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
This episode features one of several Neighborhood operas and opens with a brief introduction from Mister Rogers. As he sets the scene for the opera, Mister Rogers takes viewers to the sandbox in his back yard since the opening scene of the opera takes place on a beach.
The opera begins with Betty (played by Lady Aberlin) and her brother Lloyd (Mr. Allmine) digging in the sand on a beach. Lloyd discovers an old key which unlocks the door to another land. Upon entering the other land, the siblings are confronted by a wicked witch (Lady Elaine Fairchilde) and her sidekick (H.J. Elephant). Betty is ordered to give up the key but when she doesn't, Lloyd is taken away by the witch to her taffy factory.
Betty is obviously upset. She is approached by a swan (Reardon) who is willing to help out along with assistance from the beavers (Francois Clemmons and Mayor Maggie). The witch's sidekick returns and tells Betty that her brother is being kept in a glass room at the taffy factory where he is being forced to exercise. The swan enlists the help of his parents (Miss Paulificate and Chef Brockett) and the group sets out to rescue Lloyd.
As the witch sleeps, the group discovers the combination to the lock keeping Lloyd captive and sets him free. Betty awakens on the beach and, realizing the trip to the other land was a dream, buries the key back in the sand for someone else to find.
Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about good dreams and bad dreams before revealing the true meaning behind the lock combination. The numbers correspond to letters and their places in the alphabet -- 12-15-22-5 is translated to L-O-V-E.
With Fred Rogers
Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh
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