by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Stagecoach performers Kyle Fulton, Amber Mitchell and Alexa Shaheen have been selected to be part of the cast of the programs London summer production of West Side Story. Kyle Fulton, 15, Amber Kiara Mitchell, 15, and Alexa Shaheen, 9, performers from Lake Oswego-based Stagecoach Theatre Arts, have been selected from more than 900 applicants worldwide to take part in the program’s London summer production of “West Side Story.”

The actors will be rehearse six days a week for three weeks and then perform a fully staged professional-quality production of “West Side Story” at the Leatherhead Theatre from Aug. 15 to 17. The actors are residents of Lake Oswego or West Linn and have studied under the tutelage of Lisa Mitchell, principal of the Lake Oswego program.

Amber Mitchell began her Stagecoach training six years ago while living in England with her family. “West Side Story” will be her second production with Easy Stages London. Fulton and Shaheen have trained at Stagecoach stages since the Lake Oswego location opened four years ago. This will be their first trip to London.

“Stagecoach showed me that singing is my passion!” said Shaheen. “London is going to be a great experience!”

“Many amazing mentors at Stagecoach have had a huge and positive influence on me over the last four years and I’m no excited to meet new mentors and theater friends from all around the world this summer,” said Fulton.

Mitchell said the best part of Easy Stages London is making friends with “incredibly talented and fun kids from all over the world” and working harder than she has before with "directors who challenge and inspire you to be your absolute best.”

Lisa Mitchell opened the first West Coast Stagecoach Theatre Arts school in Lake Oswego in 2009. Stagecoach students attend classes each Saturday and receive three hours of training in acting, singing and dancing. Mitchell said this training provides them the skills necessary for musical theater performing, as well as valuable life skills such as discipline, self-confidence, perseverance, creativity, problem solving, collaboration and responsibility.

In addition to the Saturday classes, the school offers summer camps for children ages 5 through 18.

To learn more about the program, contact Lisa Mitchell at 503-501-8597 or visit

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