Katie Lago and Noah Gillispie are two very different students who have dissimilar interests in hobbies and activities. Yet they do have one thing in common: they can both appreciate a challenge when it comes to the creative activities they enjoy.
Gillispie, a sophomore, has been acting in local theater productions since he was 11 years old. It's become one of his favorite activities, but it was originally something his mom insisted he do.
When the Children's Theatre of Charleston held auditions for "Treasure Island" once upon a time, Gillispie's mom made him try out. From there, he was hooked.
Gillispie is not only grateful that his mother introduced him to acting, but he has even acted with her in plays such as the Kanawha Players' "Fellows Inn" -- where she played the role of his mother.
"She doesn't cramp my style," he said with a grin.
Gillispie has quite a bit of acting experience, regularly performing with Children's Theatre of Charleston and Kanawha Players as well as in productions at The Alban Arts Center in St. Albans. Some of his favorite performances include Children's Theatre's "Beauty and the Beast" and Kanawha Players' "Tom Sawyer."
In December, he was in a production of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" for a second time, and he hopes to audition for Children's Theatre's upcoming performance of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."
Reflecting on whether he ever feels threatened by other performers auditioning for the same part, Gillispie simply stated, "I like the challenge."