"Whether its a song of home or some foreign land..."
Monday's Mouseketeer Segment started off with the day's special song, which varied by season, followed by roll call. This opening was filmed once per season, using the Red Team, then recycled for every Monday show. For the first season, the Mouseketeers danced to Mouseketap, then sang The Merry Mouseketeers, both written by Jimmie Dodd. There was no real set, just a backdrop decorated with musical notes, while the Mouseketeers wore their standard outfit. Yet this simple number had zest and punch to it, helped considerably by the fast-paced music and the Mouseketeers' talent.
For second season Mondays, the predominant theme song was Fun with Music
, written by Sid Miller
and Tom Adair
, with a short downbeat rendition of The Merry Mouseketeers
inserted as an echo of the first season. The Mouseketeers wore their new v-neck polo shirts, and also various national-folk costumes for a mid-skit break. The set now included a large background displaying sheet music, a grand piano, and six smaller backdrops each representing a "foreign land". There was very little dancing, and that confined to a few steps at a time, most action being simple movement patterns.
For the third season, the daily opening songs, dances, and roll call, were all replaced by the generic We're the Mouseketeers
(Tom Adair and Buddy Baker
), seen every day. This had a series of risers as a backdrop set, with a floodlight as a prop. The Mouseketeers wore suit jackets, bow-ties, and for the girls, dresses with pinafores. Less than half the length of the prior season's openings, with a fast tap dance to begin, it suffered from blandness and overuse. It was followed by a quick cut to a Mouseketeer doing a brief spoken introduction to the day's feature.
After the recycled opening came the day's original programming (see below). This usually consisted of two musical numbers, separated by a commercial break. In the first season, the numbers were unrelated. During the later seasons they had continuity, as the writers now devised theme shows. Situational dialogue, usually comical, tied together two or more songs and dances into a single multi-part skit. For the second season these used elaborate sets, which were abandoned for a minimal look in the budget-conscious third season.