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Musical Stories

Date: 1988
Format: VHS
Company/Organization: Playhouse Video / Family Communications Inc.
UPC: 086162698439
Purchase/Stream: Amazon (VHS)



Step into Make-Believe for some pretend as Mister Rogers and his neighbors present two musical stories for children. Written and composed by Fred Rogers, these short "operas" are whimsical adventures built around themes of importance to the very young. They have become outstanding favorites among the programs of the Emmy award-winning children's television series, MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD.

At one time or another, almost every one has wished to be someone -- or something -- else. POTATO BUGS AND COWS is the musical story of a cow named Priscilla, who wishes she were a potato bug. In the end, an enterprising pilot, a helpful farmer and a caring king hold a celebration hoedown for Priscilla, who is glad at last to be exactly who she is.

In A GRANDDAD FOR DANIEL, Daniel Tiger longs for a grandfather. It takes a trolley ride with stops at an aquarium, a police station and a jungle before Daniel's satisfied. Everyone in Daniel's family feels differently about his finding a grandfather, but, as this opera suggests, a family is a family, different feelings and all.

MISTER ROGES: MUSICAL STORIES -- a video that could inspire your children to make up musical stories of their own.

59 Minutes, Color




This video includes operas featured in Episode 1300 and Episode 1535.

Scenes with Mister Rogers have been reshot to make this one seamless, hour-long "episode."

A short clip of this video can be seen in the 1995 movie Casper.


With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett, Francois Clemmons, Michael Horton, Yoshi Ito, Joe Negri, John Reardon, Audrey Roth, Bob Trow
"Potato Bugs & Cows" and "A Granddad for Daniel" written and composed by Fred Rogers
Musical Arrangements by John Costa
Special Thanks To: New Group Theater Company, Pittsburgh Plate Glass
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producers: Sam Newbury, Bob Walsh
Directors: Paul Lally, Bob Walsh
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Jack Guest
Editors: Ched Bednar, Michael Colonna
Associate Producers: David Newell, Betsy Nadas Seamans, Susi Simons, Margaret Whitmer
Costume Design: Barabara Anderson
Assistant Art Directors: Kathy Borland, David Smith
Properties: Alexis Samulski
Specialty Puppets: Linda Zimmer
Choreographer: Judy Conte
Lead Technicians: Ken Anderson, Tom Knight
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinators: John Cosgrove, Mark Smukler
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Video: Tom Deluga, Don Williamson
Studio Cameras: David Anthony, Dick LaSota, Don McCall, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Audio: Jerry Cobbs, Jim Durham, Chuck Sradomski
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: Jim Seech
Assistant Lighting Directors: Kate Kearney, Eric Sanchez
Carpenters: Patsy Gianella, Rich Karapandi
Head Scenic Artist: Kathy Corton
Scenic Artists: Phil DeLucia, Crispin Gray, Frika Gray, Liz Hutchings, Marty Jamison, Gary Kosko, Dave Teig, Beth Ann Zamborsky
Make Up: Margaret McCubbin
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editors: Paul Byers, Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Bob Millslagle
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
Parts of this program were excerpted from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and were originally produced with grants from Public Television Stations and The Sears-Roebuck Foundation
A production of Family Communications
© 1973, 1974, 1984, 1988 Family Communications, Inc.

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