South Charlotte

At this camp, he's right in the middle of things

An occasional series on summer camp scenes and moments around the southern Mecklenburg region. This installment is from a theater camp.

Did she, or didn't she?

Baxter Bradbury had to, um, go. But just outside the bathroom, he runs into a girl trying to sell him toilet paper – since there's none where he needs it.

Coincidence? Or a con artist in action?

This was one scene during a recent acting camp run by Children's Theatre of Charlotte. It was a week filled with learning lines, theater lingo and fake punches. It all culminates with a final performance on stage at Charlotte Preparatory School, site of the Children's Theatre's south Charlotte satellite.

Baxter is 10 and into comedy – “I like to do humorous stuff” – and wants to see where it takes him. He liked watching “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” before it was canceled.

This was Baxter's second tour at a summer theater camp since classes let out at Covenant Day School in Matthews, where he's a rising fifth-grader. His plans included attending a third camp, too, this one based on the Broadway smash “Wicked.”

Aside from occasional bouts of nerves, acting is fun, Baxter says. Next on his agenda: auditioning for a production.

“I would like to do one really soon. I haven't been in any play, and I would like to be in one.”