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Seasonal treat

If it's October, it's time for "Baba Yaga."The frightening Russian fairytale is the perennial subject of Sergio Neglia's original ballet, in which Neglia himself stars as the storied witch who kidnaps and consumes innocent children. This year there's a new addition to Neglia's "Baba Yaga" formula: Japanese dancer Risato Hayakawa, who at 16 has earned a shot at playing young Misha, the girl Baba Yaga lures into her macabre house atop a pair of chicken feet deep in a dark and unfriendly forest.

The show, which has one public performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), features ghoulish sets by David Butler and Mark DiVincenzo and costumes by Donna Massimo. The show also contains a legion of children -- students of Neglia's ballet academy and others -- who play a variety of supporting roles.

Tickets for the show are $16 to $22. For more information, call 447-0401 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

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