Clowns in the circus, keep the frowns from the circus, as the old caliope rings in your ears!
The Mouseketeer Segment started off with the day's special song, Here Comes the Circus, followed by roll call, and the lead-in to the circus act. This was filmed once per season, using the Red Team, then recycled for every Thursday show. For the first season, the song was sung by an adult chorus in voiceover. The Mouseketeers wore a variety of costumes, including some full-body animal suits that covered their faces, clown makeup that did likewise, and sideshow outfits, including a freak show "fat lady" disguise. This was the only daily Roll Call in which Bob Amsberry ever took part. As with Anything Can Happen Day, Jimmie calls the names off, but this time no one shouts his name at the end. The set was only slightly more elaborate than earlier weekdays. The choreography was very basic, probably to compensate for the trouble many Mouseketeers had just shuffling around in their bulky costumes.
For the second season animal costumes were dropped, except for a lion suit that at least allowed Jay-Jay's
face to be seen, though covered by makeup. Circus performer outfits for both boys and girls now leaned towards making them look attractive, rather than just funny, save for Sharon's
Bearded Lady. Jimmie sings the daily song solo, while the Mouseketeers now call their own names off during Roll Call. The set was changed from a circus tent background to a sideshow gallery. The musical arrangement was greatly expanded, to allow for a longer and more involved choreography. When the shows were later repackaged for syndication, the extra dancing was truncated. Today the full version can only be seen on the last episode of Video Volume 9
for the Mickey Mouse Club
Following the canned openings came the actual circus act's
performance. In the first season, the White and/or Blue teams would form the audience, and occasionally, interact with the performers. During the second season the Blue team would usually handle the hosting chores, with Red team members sometimes used to augment the audience. The "audience" reaction shots were filmed separately from the circus act, giving them a generic flavor and sometimes leading to continuity goofs.
segments would follow the circus acts performance. The serial episodes and cartoons were different every day, with no distinctions for day of the week.
|After the cartoon there would be the usual features: Doddism and/or promotional message, then an Alma Mater variant. At the start of the first season Jimmie's closing messages usually announced the next day's show, but this was dropped midway through the year. Mickey then reappeared for the signoff, reminding the audience of "tomorrow's big special Talent Roundup", while holding the drum major's baton.