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Episode 1052

Air Date: April 22, 1969
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Mister Rogers arrives with a few different magnets that he takes to the kitchen where several experiments are set up on the table. Using the magnets and some small metal object, Mister Rogers demonstrates how a magnet attracts some metals and not others.

After he sings Some Things I Don't Understand, Mister Rogers is visited by Lady Aberlin who mentions that Reardon is in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. As she and Mister Rogers look at the magnets, Lady Aberlin hopes that Reardon will make up an opera.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Reardon describes an opera to Daniel who has always wanted to have an opera about a teddy bear. Just before Lady Aberlin arrives in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Reardon suggests that he would like to be the captain of a whaling ship. Lady Aberlin agrees to make the costumes as Reardon is convinced that it is time for an opera. Daniel will play the part of the teddy bear and Lady Aberlin will be his caretaker. At the Platypus mound, Dr. Bill is asked to be a Scottish piper in the opera.

Moving on to the castle, Lady Aberlin and Reardon seek permission to move forward with the opera. They find the King with a magnet trying to attract a star and will agree to allow the opera once he is able to catch a star. As Reardon sings Find a Star, Lady Aberlin thinks quickly and offers King Friday one of the stars she is wearing in her hair. Content with this star, King Friday grants his approval and requests to play the part of the star in the opera.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers demonstrates how music is created by writing out sheet music for the opening of Find a Star. Officer Clemmons stops by to share his excitement about the opera and sings the music that Mister Rogers has just written. Officer Clemmons plans to ask if he can be in the opera as well.

Mister Rogers concludes by singing Some Things I Don't Understand as he retrieves his magnets from the kitchen.

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Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in association with Small World Enterprises, Inc. for N.E.T.

Created and Produced by Fred Rogers
Directed by David Fu-Ying Chen
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, Francois Clemmons, John Reardon
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1969 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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