Step right up for the premiere of the new dream world show at the Circus Zugolino. Frederic the ringmaster and his artistes have been working hard for weeks to prepare for the performance. Yet just before the breathtaking show is about to begin, everything seems to be going wrong.
The last drum roll echoes, the spotlights go out – silence falls upon the tent. It only lasts a split second, but for Frederic it feels like an eternity. The lights slowly go up, illuminating the tent once more. Frederic is torn from his trance to triumphant applause, beaming children and that magic word reverberating through the air: Encore, encore, encore!
The stern ringmaster is visibly relieved. He’s pleased, since at the beginning of the show it looked set to be a total catastrophe.
It’s 11.15 a.m., three hours before the premiere is due to begin, and Timo and Annina are desperately searching for their juggling equipment. This can’t be happening, it was definitely in the vegetable box just a little while ago.
Suddenly, Henry, the shy horse-whisperer, comes running out of the stables: his saddle has disappeared without a trace, and how exactly is he supposed to do his show with Clara the mare without a saddle? Hugo the clown tries to reassure him. But his attempts are futile: chaos breaks out in the ring and Luisa the cook discovers the artistes in a hysterical state. Frederic the ringmaster is beside himself: “How could this have happened?” Devastated, he lectures his protégés on how important it is to take care of their things.