SPHERE’s ‘Sparkle Island’ opens at Playhouse tonight

Sparkle Island’s  directors Adam Welby behind camera, Emily Pambianchi in headphones and SPHERE president  Valerie Jensen wrapped up filming SPHERE’s second movie on set in Ridgefield this May. SPHERE actors shown are Grace Kolf sitting in the corner, Mark Furano in sunglasses and Kris Mann in the foreground.

Leaders of the Ridgefield-based nonprofit group SPHERE announced today they are in the final stages of post-production editing for their second film, “Sparkle Island.”

An original pirate adventure movie, the family-friendly comedy boasts a talented cast of 29 actors — all of whom are members of SPHERE, a Ridgefield-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.

The premiere of Sparkle Island will take place at the Ridgefield Playhouse, with screenings on both Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m.

A formal red-carpet meet and greet pre-show reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

Given the success of previous SPHERE Ridgefield Playhouse events, it is likely both evenings will sell-out.

Sparkle Island’s storyline features one adventure after another, following a group of actors determined to save their theater from certain doom.

At the opening of the movie the actors have learned that developers are planning to tear their theater down and put a parking lot in its place. As luck would have it the group comes upon a treasure map and they embark on a journey to find the treasure they need to save their theater.

A trailer highlighting some scenes of the movie can be viewed on www.spherect.org.

Valerie Jensen, president of SPHERE and Sparkle Island director, praised the dramatic growth of her members’ acting talents since the debut of the group’s much-celebrated and multiple-award winning first film, “ShakeSPHERE: Romeo and Juliet,” over a year ago.

“Anyone who was impressed by our actors’ abilities in our first film is going to be blown away by Sparkle Island,” said Ms. Jensen.

“Our actors’ hard work and determination throughout the entire filming process was truly impressive and their efforts have, without a doubt, paid off. We can’t wait to share this breakout performance with all.”

SPHERE member Juliana Fodera, who plays the role of Ms. Meanie in Sparkle Island, said, “I had a lot of fun filming with my SPHERE family. It was great to be a part of something so creative and I feel so blessed to be a part of SPHERE.”

For further information on SPHERE or the show, visit www.spherect.org. In lieu of selling traditional tickets for the show, SPHERE will be requesting donations at the door, with a suggested donation of $10 or more per adult patron. Persons with additional questions or wishing to make special arrangements may contact SPHERE’s Executive Director Rebecca Ciota at [email protected] or 914-329-2373.


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