This year, the Panas Players present an old favorite of Filippelli’s, and one that means something for the Panas community: Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” (Above, a shot from “Ascot Opening Day.”)
In 1981, it was the last musical to be performed at what is now Van Cortlandtville School, what was then Lakeland Middle School and the home of the Panas Players. Back then, before Panas built its theater, kids would have to schlep over to the school across from the mall to put on their shows.
But in December 1981 came a new theater, one connected to the high school. Still, Panas (and Filippelli) is a bit sentimental so every decade or so, they’ve staged “My Fair Lady” and invited alums back to remember when.
Yesterday, costumes were being tried on and sets and drops were being adjusted as the Players ran through a couple of numbers.
The kids really took to the Running Lines videos. Just watch what Steven DeNardo, above — a FRESHMAN! — does with Henry Higgins. He practically channels Rex Harrison. And you gotta love what Liora Bogin (who shares the role of Eliza) does with her favorite line.