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Beyond the Flame: Rose Center Theater's Lumiere, TREVYN, Reimagines a Classic

The Rose Center Theater's upcoming production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, June 28th through July 14th, promises to be a magical experience for audiences of all ages. But for one cast member, the journey to the stage has been a personal triumph over fear. Trevyn Stephenson, a seasoned performer with the Rose Center Theater family, takes on the iconic role of Lumiere, the candelabra with a flair for the dramatic.



Stephenson, a graduate of Pace University with a BFA in Commercial Dance and a Master's in Music Industry from USC, is no stranger to captivating audiences. Having starred in productions like The Little Mermaid and 42nd Street, he brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Rose Center stage. Yet, Lumiere presented a unique challenge. "This was a role I didn't really want to audition for because I was terrified of it, more specifically the accent," Stephenson admits. "So, I guess to me, it really is a challenge of facing fears and taking on an accent I've always found myself to be bad at."


This honest vulnerability is endearing and speaks to Stephenson's dedication to his craft.  He isn't afraid to push himself and explore new artistic territory.  This determination is sure to translate into a captivating performance that breathes new life into the beloved character.


While the animated Lumiere holds a special place in many hearts, Stephenson promises a fresh take on the character. "My take on Lumiere will be quite different from the Lumiere that everyone knows from the animated feature," he explains. "I want to lean into the rebellious nature of the character but also investigate humanity a bit more, as he once was human."


This exploration of depth and complexity adds an intriguing layer to the role. Audiences can expect a Lumiere who is both entertaining and relatable, a character who embodies the struggle between his former human existence and his current magical form.


For Stephenson, the true magic lies in the collaborative spirit of the Rose Center Theater. "The Rose Center Theater is like home," he says. "The Production Crew and Staff, and the Cast Members in the show, old and new, are like family to me. I love spending hours and hours with them creating together and bringing a show to the community." This sense of camaraderie and shared passion is palpable.  It fosters a creative environment where artists can support and inspire each other, ultimately leading to a more cohesive and impactful performance.


With a talented cast, a reimagined character, and the magic of the Rose Center Theater, Disney's Beauty and the Beast promises to be an unforgettable experience. Stephenson himself is particularly excited about one number: "Of course I am looking forward to 'Be Our Guest,'" he says. "That song is basically Lumiere's moment to shine a bit. It is such a big and fun dance number. I can't wait to put on my dancing shoes and show off what that BFA in Dance got me- only if the choreographers allow, of course!" This lighthearted enthusiasm is infectious, and it's clear Stephenson is eager to share his talents with the audience.


This production of Beauty and the Beast is more than just a show; it's an opportunity to experience the power of live theater. With unforgettable music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with additional music by Tim Rice, the show features breathtaking costumes, dazzling sets, and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Whether you're a longtime fan of the Disney classic or a newcomer to the story, there's something for everyone in this production.


As Stephenson himself says, "It's like Broadway in Westminster but cheaper tickets!" So why wait?  Gather your family and friends and get ready to be swept away by the timeless magic of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Rose Center Theater.  


Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss your chance to be our guest!


Keywords: Disney's Beaty and the Beast, Rose Center Theater, Musical, Orange County, Theater, Singing, Dancing, Acting, Alan Menken, Tim Rice, Family, Kids, Children, Local Event, Plays, Tickets

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jack owen
jack owen
Jun 28

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