RISING star Amelia Wild is on the verge of achieving her stage dream - but she needs a helping hand to get there.
The Hartlepool 13-year-old has a chance of joining the Barbara Speake Stage School in London.
She has been offered half a scholarship after a fantastic audition in which she was chosen ahead of thousands of rivals.
But that will only cover half of her £12,000 fee for the first year, said mum Kirsty Wild, 34.
And that means Amelia and her family must raise the rest themselves.
Now they’re hoping a kind-hearted Hartlepool Mail reader can give a helping hand.
Amelia was so determined to get into the school, she raised the money to get to the auditions herself.
She held a charity night at the Oxbridge pub in Stockton and 50 people turned up, helping Amelia, who has been a member of the Bobby Dazzlers dance school in Stockton for years, to raise £300.
Kirsty, a nail technician from the town centre area of Hartlepool, said: “That shows how much she wants this. She would be devastated if she missed out now. It’s her dream.”
Amelia certainly has plenty of stage pedigree. She starred in a recent production of Annie at the Forum Theatre in Billingham.
And she came fourth in the national finals of the Britain Does Variety singing competition.
She was also chosen as best female vocalist by Red Dreams last year.
Kirsty explained more about the audition process for the Barbara Speake Stage school.
“Amelia had to stand in front of a panel of five people and she had to do a dance, song and a monologue.
“They seemed to really like her and they kept her in the room for ahes. They were talking to her about what she does.”
The delighted family then received an email from the stage school saying Amela had given a wonderful audition and she would fit in really well at the school.
But now comes the bid to raise the £6,000. Kirsty said: “We will be doing another fundraising night in June and we are emailing local businesses but we are hoping for support.”
Although Amelia would not start at the stage school until September, Kirsty has to send a reply with a definite answer - to indicate whether the invitation has been accepted - by May 24.
Anyone who can help should contact 07588 516605.