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THEATER AND ART NOTES

A new musical by Buffalo composer and lyricist Paul Ziemba, "Dracula, the Prince of Night," debuts Oct. 3 in Desiderio's Dinner Theatre, 652 S. Ogden St. Music direction is by Ivan Docenko, choreography by Kristine Meyer. Featured performers are Vinzent Massi and Tamara Malek. Ziemba describes the piece as both "Gothic and romantic." Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 18 and 25 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19.

Thomas T. Kazmierczak III's TNT Productions has taken up residence at Villa Maria College. Its opening show at its new home is a musical version of "The Wizard of Oz," opening Oct. 3. Performers include Annetee Henninger as Dorothy, Adrienne Gryta as the Good Witch and Bettina Grey as the Wicked Witch, among others. Performances in the college's Main Stage Theatre, 240 Pine Ridge Road, are at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 3, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 11.

The musical "Guys and Dolls" will be performed by Stage Struck Productions next Thursday through Oct. 19 in the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. Elaine Roberts directs, Amy Brown is the musical director, and featured are Adrienne Costello, Darryl Hart, Jeff Venuti and Dawn Woollacott. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

The Niagara Falls Little Theatre performs the musical "Carousel" Friday through Oct. 11 in the Niagara Falls Convention Center's Greek Theatre, 305 Fourth St. The show is directed by Dawn Newton and features Dyana Furnari-Jentsch and Fran Newton. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5.

The British comedy "Move Over, Mrs. Markham" will be performed by the Garret Theatre Players today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University.

Paul Taylor's Taylor 2 dancers will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in Wadsworth Auditorium, State University College at Geneseo.

A recently formed company called Third Rank Dance will perform a version of Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet" at 2 p.m. Sunday in Canisius College's Cultural Center, Main and Eastwood streets.

The Shaw Festival's 2 o'clock matinee performance of "The Seagull" Tuesday will be dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales. All tickets will be reduced to $15 (Canadian) and the proceeds will go to charities and causes Diana supported. The Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has been playing the Anton Chekhov comedy to acclaim since July.

Five Cuban artists will show their work in an exhibition beginning Saturday with a reception from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 2495 Main St. The traveling exhibition includes Tania Bruguera, Abel Barroso, Sandra Cebalos, Manual Pina and Lazaro Saavedra, and will be on view through Nov. 15.

Also opening that evening will be the "Dortmund/Buffalo Exchange Exhibition," celebrating 20 years of Buffalo-Dortmund sister-city partnership. Dina Nur and Wilhelm Kronfield will be the featured artists. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 25.

Colden Valley Art Festival, the annual outdoor event now in its 29th year, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the village of Colden on Route 240.

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