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October 02, 2003|By Meredith James | Meredith James,SUN STAFF

Mark Twain tale

Mark Twain's classic novel The Prince and the Pauper comes to life starting Saturday at the Children's Playhouse of Maryland. This musical version of the story stars identical twins Anthony and William Spinnato of Perry Hall and is directed by Liz Boyer Hunnicutt and Jeff Baker. The Prince and the Pauper is the story of two remarkably similar looking boys from different backgrounds who trade places one day.

Performances are on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., with an added show at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $10 for inDividuals, $8 per person for groups and birthday parties. The Children's Playhouse is located at 6501 N. Charles St. in the Sheppard Pratt Health System Conference Center, Towson. Call 410-321-6595 for more information or reservations.

Family Toon Day

Get loony at the Comcast Family Toon Day on Sunday at Strathmore Hall in Rockville. This free, all-day event includes a parade with local officials and dozens of cartoon favorites from Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, such as SpongeBob Squarepants, Scooby Doo and Powerpuff Girls. Children of all ages will be able to jump in a "bounce house," ride a carousel and Ferris wheel, show off artistic abilities at several hands-on arts activities, sample food from area restaurants, watch police and fire rescue demonstrations, pose for pictures with characters and listen to Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

The free event is at Strathmore Hall, located at 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Parking is available at the Grosvenor/Strathmore Metro Station or on Tuckerman Lane. Call 301-656-7900 for more information.

Visions of Poe

The Baltimore Museum of Art is kicking off its Free First Thursdays program today, in conjunction with Haunting Visions of Poe: Illustrations by Manet, Matisse and Gaugin, a display featuring 20 prints and drawings by the artists, who were inspired by Poe. Included will be a reading of The Raven by John Astin (7:15 p.m.), who played Gomez on the TV show The Addams Family; visits by Baltimore Ravens mascots Edgar, Allan and Poe (5 p.m.-8 p.m.); spooky music performed by the Baltimore School for the Arts Orchestra and Chamber Chorus (6 p.m.); make-and-take art inspired by the exhibit (5:30 p.m.); a tour of the exhibit, which will delve into Poe's macabre moods (6 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and showings of The Simpsons' classic Halloween episodes (5 p.m.-8 p.m.) There will also be $10 dinner specials at Gertrude's restaurant (call 410-889-3399 for reservations).

The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets. Free First Thursdays will occur the first Thursday of every month 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and will include live music, performances, talks, tours and hands-on activities for kids. For more information about Free First Thursdays, call 410-396-6314. For general museum information, call 410-396-7100.

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