The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show

Production Set Still: Circus Day Opening

This photo extract of Red Team Mouseketeers waiting around to film the Circus Day opening is both interesting in itself, and for what it says about production chronology.

The Full Picture

Set stills like this were made for the property department, and were not intended for release as publicity photos. Most set stills are devoid of cast and crew; the photographer was only concerned with capturing the appearence of the stage and the presence of people in the frame was a matter of indifference. Hence, when they do show up, as above, they are often out of focus and poorly lit.

The date on the chalkboard (July 20, 1956) was a surprise to me at least. I had always thought that the second season daily opening and closing scenes were filmed at the start of production in April 1956. Here though it's midway thru the filming season and they're just getting around to doing Circus Day Roll Call.

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