|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
Upon his arrival, Mister Rogers is invited back outside by Jeff Gabel who is on his way to a farm with some baby chicks. Thanking Mr. Gabel for the strudel from the previous day, Mister Rogers is invited to visit the circus.
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin is practicing her juggling in preparation for her help with the upcoming circus. Chuckles the Clown arrives and provides Lady Aberlin with a chicken costume which she wants to show to Daniel. When he is startled by Chuckles the Clown, Daniel is encouraged to be brave -- advice which he asks to be shared with Nancy Caterpillar. Eager to become a butterfly, Nancy sees herself in a mirror and realizes that she is very special the way she is. Upon this realization, she turns into a butterfly.
Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits the circus where he meets Betty Aberlin who is riding an elephant when he arrives. Fred Logan, an elephant trainer, describes the work and performance roles of elephants in the circus. Briefly visiting the tiger cage, Mister Rogers and Betty find their way to the "back yard" of the circus -- an area where the circus workers and performers live. Meeting up with Jeff Gabel, they watch as he applies his clown make-up and transforms himself into Chuckles the Clown.
Taking their seats inside the big-top, Mister Rogers and Betty are excited as the circus begins. After enjoying several performances, they are greeted by Chuckles the Clown before Mister Rogers returns to his house.
Back at the house, Mister Rogers sits at the piano and demonstrates that each key makes a different sound: "It's great that there are all different notes, and different animals, and different people in the world. But what's even greater is that we can all learn to play together and care for each other. All we have to do is want to."
With Fred Rogers
Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
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