Founded 13 years ago by two dedicated women, Oscars Theatre Academy quickly made a name for itself as an outstanding training ground for drama students.

Based in New North Road, Huddersfield, Oscars educates students about all aspects of the arts from stage and screen.

The academy was the brainchild of professional artists Paula Danholm and Emmy Wilde, who wanted to provide an environment for young people to discover the pleasure of music and performance.

Having experienced that joy themselves over many years they were anxious to encourage young people to find out just how inspiring that feeling could be.

Their determination to help students discover and fulfil their potential soon paid off with proteges performing to great acclaim at The Fringe in Edinburgh, the celebrated London Palladium, Broadway and national TV.

Paul Knutzen from the academy, explained why they needed the Wish money.

He said: “Fun and inspiring, though with a professional work ethic maintaining high standards, we support local charities such as Mencap and Crossroads carers and perform at their events. We also offer scholarships and bursaries.

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“We would like to spend it on bars and mirrors for our dancers and singing and recording equipment for our singers to be able to give them the best to learn and progress in their chosen fields.”

The courses at the academy are part-time and are run in tandem with mainstream education.

There is also the opportunity to sign up for private lessons.

The emphasis is on providing a warm and friendly environment where students’ abilities are allowed to blossom.

And there is no doubting the standards at the nationally acclaimed, award-winning academy as students have consistently gained places at major UK drama schools.

These include Central School, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rose Bruford’s and LIPA.