HOLLYWOOD is beckoning for a teenager who hopes to become a major hit on the stage.
Rosie Diaz, 18, flew to Los Angeles to audition for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (Amda) and was thrilled when she was offered a place.
But, with the fees standing at around £25,000 a year, her mum Michelle said the teenager’s dreams hang in the balance unless they can secure sponsorship or grant funding.
Rosie, a performing arts student at Newcastle College, got the acting bug when she was cast as the White Rabbit in a production of Alice in Wonderland while a primary pupil at Sunderland High School.
From there, she joined a number of drama clubs, including Centre Stage Sunderland and has appeared in several productions, including at the Sunderland Empire.
Michelle, 41, a teaching assistant, said: “Rosie decided she would apply to the academy and they got in touch to say could she travel to London for an audition.
“My husband has family in Los Angeles and we were planning to visit them, so Amda said she could audition while we were there and see the campus.”
Rosie, who lives in Cedar Grove, Whitburn, with Michelle, farrier dad Felix, 51, and brother Billy, 13, was delighted when she heard she had a place on a two-year course.
Michelle said: “It was brilliant news, but when we studied the information they sent, we realised the fees were astronomical.
“At first we thought there was no way she could go, but it is a fantastic opportunity for her, so we have to try to raise the money.”
Michelle is currently contacting a number of funding bodies such as the National Lottery, to see if she can get any help.
Anyone who would like to sponsor Rosie can contact Michelle on 529 4451 or 07946 390021.
The American Musican and Dramatic Academy has two campuses, one in Los Angeles, the other in New York.
It was founded in 1964 by Philip H. Burton, the actor and instructor best known for helping launch the career of his adopted son, Richard Burton.
The idea was to create a school run by professional performers for performers and quickly established itself as an integral part of the New York performing arts community and garnered support from members of the Broadway theatre elite, such as Sammy Davis Jr, Dina Merrill and Carol Channing.
Today, Amda is a thriving college and its modern alumni includes singer Jason Derulo and actress Tyne Daly.