Black clouds approach the circus arena, and a raw wind howls through the tent. Will the circus show have to be cancelled because of a severe summer thunderstorm? Frederic declares a red alert – everything has to be made safe and secure!
The last few weeks have been exhausting, and the Zugolino artistes have performed their circus show every day in temperatures of over 30 degrees. It has been stifling and boiling hot in the tent, but Frederic’s crew have still rehearsed each day and presented their magical show. The ringmaster is proud of his artistes: “You’re simply fantastic! As a little light refreshment, Luisa has conjured up some delicious home-made blossom syrup for you.”
Hugo the clown is incredibly thirsty, and drinks his syrup up in one go. Beneath his costume, he’s drenched in sweat – some fresh air will do him good. With another glass of syrup in his hand, Hugo leaves the big top to get a breath of fresh air, and then it happens – a strong gust of wind blows his beloved hat high into the air. “Oh no,” cries Hugo, “My hat!” Roxy and Lilly rush out straight away to help Hugo. But as they go outside, it’s not just the flying hat that amazes them. A jet-black wall of cloud is approaching from afar…
All of a fluster, the three artistes return to the ring. “What’s the matter?” asks Luisa when she sees the gloomy faces of Hugo, Roxy and Lilly. “An incredible storm is brewing!” We’ve got to get all the animals inside and make the tent weather-tight,” reports Lilly anxiously. Frederic the ringmaster then takes a look at the weather for himself and promptly declares a red alert!
Henry the horse whisperer immediately takes care of his horses, of course. They are very sensitive and are afraid of thunderstorms. Together with Timo and Annina, he tries to calm the horses down and get them into the stables. As a tight-rope walker, Lilly has an amazing sense of balance and a good head for heights. So she helps the strong circus hands to attach an extra rope from the roof of the tent to the ground – a real balancing act in the wind and also the rain that has now started to fall.