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Sprites - Magical woodland creatures featured on the children's series JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES that aired on PLAYHOUSE DISNEY/DIS/2005-2008.

Johnny and the Sprites - PLAYHOUSE DISNEY

The series followed the adventures of Johnny T (John Tartaglia), a musician/songwriter who moved to a quiet countryside house given to him by his great-uncle to work on his music. To his surprise Johnny discovered a portal in his backyard that lead to a band of magical creatures (puppets) known as Sprites who dwelled in the flowery, enchanted woods of Grotto's Grove.

“Keep your eyes and ears open when you visit the enchanted woods of Grotto s Grove, cause you might just Meet The Sprites! Invisible to everyone except Johnny and now, YOU!

During their visits, Johnny and the Sprites sing songs, play, solve-problems and teach each other life lessons like patience, manners, friendship, sharing, keeping promises, respect for other cultures and customs, self-esteem and caring for the environment.

The residents of Grotto's Grove included:

  • Leslie Carrara-Rudolph as Ginger, a tomboyish pink and purple air sprite. She like sports.
  • Tim Lagasse as Basil, a bookish green and yellow eatch sprite. He wears glasses and knows a lot about gardening.
  • Carmen Osbahr as Lily, a serene, Spanish-speaking blue Water Sprite.
  • Heather Asch as Root, an very young Earth sprite whose enchanted power are just surfacing.
  • John Tartaglia as Sage, the oldest and wisest of the sprites with whom all the sprites seek council. He is sometimes forgetful and has been known to fall a sleep in the middle of a conversation (ala Grandfather Clock on CAPTAIN KANGAROO).
  • James J Kroupa as Seymour, a purple shmole (mole) who lived under Johnny's garden and likes to eat his vegetables.
  • Fuzzies, tiny woodland creatures who live with the Sprites and help maintain the woodlands.
  • Jamie DonMoyer as Francesca Frog

Other humans to visit Grotto's Grove included:

  • Natalie Venecia Blecon as Gwen, Johnny's neighbor, who works at may occupations. She's not sure what she wants to be yet.
  • Sutton Foster as Tina, Johnny's sister.
  • Mrs. Moldystew, Johnny's cranky neighbor who drops by on occasion.


Theme Song Lyrics


I came to live
In this house in the woods
To work on my music on my own
But somehow I feel it's a magical place
And somehow I feel I'm not alone
I was just Johnny till I walked through that door But I'm not just Johnny anymore!

I'm Johnny.

Johnny & the Sprites:
And the Sprites!
Did you see one?
Johnny and the Sprites:
And the Sprites!
Could you be one?
Johnny and the Sprites:
Johnny and the Sprites!
Nobody else sees us, it's true
There's only Johnny, and now there's you
Sprites can be shy.
Ginger, Basil, Lily and Root:
But we're friendly.
And cute!
So if you should roll to Grotto's Grove
Come join in a song, you can sing it too
With you know who!
And the Sprites!
Sing along now.
And the Sprites!
That's our song now.
Johnny and the Sprites!

TRIVIA NOTE: The series was created by Johnny Tartaglia, a Broadway-trained singer and a longtime Sesame Street veteran. Filled with dance, songs and storylines, this high-energy program premiered on October 9, 2005 with five 5-minute-long episodes. Due to its popularity, the program was increased to half-hour program t in 2006.

The series was aimed at preschool children 2 - 5 years of age. Each episode contained two, 11-minute stories and featured a Broadway style song which supported the theme of the story.

On May 14, 2009 John Tartaglia received four Daytime Emmy nominations for his Disney Channel show JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES.

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