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78 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 Lewes plays 16th century priest at Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Father Seamus O'Reilly isn't your ordinary 16th century Irish Catholic priest. He' s as quick with a sword and quarter staff as he is with a bawdy joke. Actor Chet Cole created the character for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire from his own experience and he is as diverse as the character he plays. Cole, 25, grew up in Lewes where he spent his childhood in love and in awe of the theater. At age six, on a family trip to Her- shey Park, he recalls the actors leaping up off the stage to Sing to him. The performers' ability to make the little boy with his arm in a cast feel special impressed him deeply. He decided that he wanted to help others feel the same. Despite this strong desire, throughout high school he was too self-conscious to audition for school plays, but never missed an opportunity to be in the audience. Finally, in 1990, he decided to give the stage a try and went to Kutztown University to study the- ater. His dreams of being an ac- tor, however, were not destined to be - yet. He returned home later that year to attend the funeral of his father and was unable to return to Kutztown. He spent four years working as a 911 dispatcher and summer po- lice officer in Delaware. Receiv- ing and dispatching the daily 911 calls taught him to listen, to com- fort and to help, all skills which he uses in portraying the hilarious, but sensitive Father Seamus. Be- ing a black belt in Tai Kwon Do Actor Chet Cole, a Lewes native, is now portraying Father Seamus O'Reilly at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. doesn't hurt his character either as the powerful priest takes to the gi- ant chess board at the Faire. The skillful fighting Irish priest takes on various opponents with sword, quarter staff, and in hand-to-hand combat. Cole's theatrical debut came in 1992, in a community production of "The 1940s Radio Hour," where he played the bumbling, but likable Raleigh Ferguson. Last year he returned to Kutztown Uni- versity to continue his studies and acting career. He was most recently seen as Joe Keller in "All My Sons," and Sir Luscious O'Trigger in "The Rivals." In 1996 he attended the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire as a patron and fell in love with the style of interactive theater the Faire has made famous. 1997 proved to be Cole's most success- ful year to date as he auditioned and received the prime role of Fa- ther Seamus. What does Cole see in his fu- ture? He would like to go on to work in television and film, and no surprise, he sees himself star- ring as a police officer. Hagley museum offers Kids Day Oct. 5 the sauce will be plentiful and pleasing. A children's entertainer will engage kids with interactive songs and stories. Deep in the "Heart of the Pow- der Yards" activity center, chil- dren will find fun while mimick- ing 19th-century work life along the Brandywine River. Those who join the line at the gunpowder fac- tory will replace the ingredients of black powder, DuPont's original product, with sweets to create an edible version of press cake. There will also be something to learn about the chemistry of DuPont's premiere product at the powder pitch - Hagley's own ver- sion of the goldfish bowl game. Riveting lessons will be held in the machine shop and a water- power table will give kids a last chance for warm water splashing and laughing. For members of the museum's Powder Keg Kids Club, the day will be a one-year birthday cele- bration for the club. The club's mascot, the Powder Keg Kid, will host traditional birthday party ac- tivities in and around the Powder Keg Kids' clubhouse. Hagley's mascot will be joined by several friends, including Hercules, Megara, and Winnie the Pooh. Kids can join in contests, games and learning interactive dances like themacarena and the electric slide. Visitors may enjoy all the day's activities for one admission price: $12 for a family; $5 for adults, $3 for kids Six to 14, and $1 for children under six. Hagley Associates and Powder Keg Kids are admitted free-of charge. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the During Kid's Day at Hagley, set for Sunday, Oct. 5, from noon to 5 p.m., today's youngsters can dis- cover, in two busy activity cen- ters, how their counterparts from the past lived and played. Plus, everyone is invited to a birthday bash to celebrate the first birthday of the museum's club for kids. Appropriately set in Hagley's restored workers' community, the activity center dubbed "Black- smith Hill KidS" will focus on 19th-century home life. Here, kids will find make-believe biscuits to knead, roll and cut out; a costume comer for dress-ups, and a petting zoo to visit. In the Gibbons House, once home to powder fore- man John Gibbons and family, children can help make apple- sauce the old-fashioned way with a 19th-century apple peeler and a wood-burning stove. Samples of Second Street Players set auditions for "Miracle on 34th Street" and three females, ages 25 and up. More will be cast if available. The show is directed by Kenney Workman. Children's auditions were held previously. Scripts are available for perusal at the Mil- ford Public Library. All auditions are in the Second Street Players' Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., downtown Milford. Produc- tion dates are Nov. 28, 29 and 30, and Dec. 5, 6 and 7. For informa- tion, call Workman, 934-4354, days, and 422-8777, evenings. 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