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A Dream Impossible: Trevin Stephenson and the Rose Center Theater's Man of La Mancha

In the captivating realm of Orange County Performing Arts, the Rose Center Theater stands as a beacon of creativity and passion. It's a place where dreams come alive on stage, and one remarkable performer who knows this all too well is Trevin Stephenson. His name may not ring as familiar as the bright lights of Broadway, but within the confines of the Rose Center Theater, he's a shining star in his own right.


As the Rose Center Theater prepares to transport us into the world of "Man of La Mancha" from September 10th to 23rd, 2023, let's take a moment to shine the spotlight on Trevin Stephenson and explore his fascinating journey through the world of musical theater.

Trevin is no stranger to the Rose Center Theater, having graced its stage in various roles that showcase his versatility and unwavering dedication. From his portrayal of Bert in "Mary Poppins" to embodying Che in "Evita," Trevin has left an indelible mark in the hearts of Orange County's theater enthusiasts. However, his journey doesn't stop at the footlights. While captivating audiences with his performances, Trevin is also pursuing a Graduate Degree (MS) in Music Industry at USC, nurturing a dream of a career in Music Supervision for TV and Film.


When asked about his cherished line or song from "Man of La Mancha," Trevin's choice resonates deeply with the show's central theme of perseverance. He shares, "My favorite song is 'Impossible Dream.' I just love the message of determination to push through and make it, whatever the world throws at you. It’s inspirational to me." Indeed, the "Impossible Dream" is a universal anthem of hope, reminding us all that we should never cease chasing our dreams, no matter how daunting they may appear.


Trevin's aspirations extend beyond the confines of Orange County Performing Arts, and his dream role hints at an even grander stage. He dreams of taking on the role of Simba in "The Lion King," a character that demands not only vocal prowess but also a profound connection to the character's journey. It's evident that Trevin's ambition knows no bounds, mirroring the unwavering spirit of Don Quixote himself.


Every performer has their unique pre-show routine, a moment of serenity before the torrent of applause. Trevin's ritual involves arriving early, preparing a soothing cup of tea, and taking the time to ensure his makeup is impeccable while warming up his voice. This solitary preparation helps him ground himself and find his center before joining the bustling cast backstage. It's a reminder that even in the world of theater, where collaboration is paramount, there are moments of personal introspection that pave the way for a stellar performance.


In the world of live theater productions, mishaps can sometimes transform into moments of unexpected hilarity. Trevin is no stranger to this, as he humorously admits, "Well, if you know anything about me, you know that I fall in pretty much every show." He goes on to recount a memorable incident during his role as Bert in "Mary Poppins," where an ill-fated encounter with a bench led to a comical tumble. As Trevin puts it, "The bench has wheels, so as soon as I sat, the bench came out from under me and I quickly hit the floor. There is a video. It got 30k views on TikTok!" Such moments remind us of the spontaneity and charm of live theater.


After the final curtain falls and the applause fades into the night, every performer has their own way of celebrating a successful performance. For Trevin, it's a glass of red wine, specifically Pinot Noir. He and his fellow cast members often head to Lazy Dog after a show to unwind and savor the camaraderie. It's a testament to the bond that forms within the theater community, where shared triumphs and challenges are celebrated together.


In "Man of La Mancha," Trevin takes on the roles of The Barber, Muleteer, and Ensemble, each with its unique quirks and characteristics. When asked how he personally relates to his character's journey or story in the show, he reveals, "I relate more to Don Quixote than anything in the story. My character doesn’t have much of an arc to relate to, but when it comes to the show, Don Quixote’s character is determined to reach a goal and he will let nothing get in his way. This is how I am as a human. I set very high goals for myself and I intend to meet them, no matter the obstacle." It's evident that Trevin carries the spirit of determination both on and off the stage.


"Man of La Mancha" is not just a timeless classic; it's a production that speaks to the heart of our society. Trevin emphasizes this when he says, "We are facing some pretty scary times, or should I say we have been. We have states taking away rights from women. We have states creating laws that threaten the freedom and safety of the LGBTQIA+ community. This show helps you realize that no matter how hopeless or how impossible a dream feels, the fight is worth fighting for, no matter the obstacles." In an era of challenges and uncertainties, "Man of La Mancha" offers a beacon of hope and resilience.


As audiences from this past opening weekend can attest to, Trevin's remarkable performance and the overall production of "Man of La Mancha" at the Rose Center Theater is a rollercoaster of emotions. Trevin promises, "The audience can expect a journey full of laughs and cries, that will leave you ready to fight for that impossible dream that you’ve been suppressing." It's an invitation to experience the magic of live theater, a reminder of the power of storytelling to inspire and ignite change.


Trevin Stephenson's journey from "Mary Poppins" to "Man of La Mancha" is a testament to the vibrant and thriving Orange County Performing Arts scene. His dedication, dreams, and passion for the arts are emblematic of the countless talented performers who have graced the stage at the Rose Center Theater. So, mark your calendars and support this theatrical endeavor, for as Trevin aptly puts it, "You should support this show because the arts heal, and this show will help heal. I truly believe what will heal society is the arts."


Orange County, get ready for a theatrical experience that transcends time and space, as the Rose Center Theater brings "Man of La Mancha" to life from September 10th to 23rd, 2023.


Live Musical production of Man of La Mancha at Orange County's Rose Center Theater

Playing at the Rose Center Theater


September 10-23, 2023


2:00 PM Matinee Performances: September 10 and 17


7:30 PM Evening Performances: September 15-16 and 22-23


For tickets and further information, please visit rosecentertheater.com/man-of-la-mancha.



Special Offers and Contact Information


The Rose Center Theater offers discounted rates for groups of 20+ and for our military & first responder patrons. For more information about our theater events or the venue in Orange County, contact our box office at RoseCTBoxOffice@gmail.com or leave a message at 714-793-1150 ext. 1.


Stay tuned for more updates as we delve deeper into the world of Man of La Mancha. Get ready to be swept away on an adventure in search of the impossible dream!


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