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Staging real love: Audiences will watch as Spokane’s bachelor chooses among 10 bachelorettes

Like many of the contestants who grace TV screens across America on Monday nights on “The Bachelor,” 30-year-old Corbin Cabrera wanted to get out of his comfort zone.

Cabrera was selected to be “The Bachelor Live on Stage” this Sunday where he will get to experience an entire season as the bachelor in just one night.

“I was really shy growing up, and, now that I’m older, I just want to kind of get out of my comfort zone a little bit more,” Cabrera said. “I’m really busy between my career and being a full-time parent, so I don’t get out to date very often. I thought this would be actually an awesome way to meet 10 local women.”

“The Bachelor Live on Stage,” hosted by former bachelor Ben Higgins and former bachelorette Becca Kufrin, stops at First Interstate Center for the Arts ion Sunday.

Local bachelors and contestants are selected a few weeks in advance of the show and will hold rose ceremonies, complete challenges and ultimately select one woman with whom they connect the strongest – all onstage in front of a live audience.

Cabrera said he keeps up on “The Bachelor” but is an even bigger fan of the spinoff “Bachelor in Paradise.” When he heard the live show was coming to Spokane, the father of two took a chance and applied.

He was completely shocked when a few months later he was selected.

“I couldn’t even believe it,” Cabrera said. “I just really would have never thought. I mean, I feel like a guy with kids, no way, right?”

Cabrera grew up in Spokane before moving to Arizona where he got married and had his two children, Elliot, 8, and Greyson, 2. He got divorced about two years ago and decided to move back to Spokane.

Now he works downtown as a technology salesman, something that was a childhood dream, Cabrera said. As a child growing up in Spokane, Cabrera remembers how exciting and larger than life downtown felt.

“Just seeing Spokane grow has been amazing,” Cabrera said. “I mean we’ve really upped our game here as far as kind of catching up with bigger cities. It’s such a big town but has that small-town feel, and I love it.”

While Cabrera is excited to head onstage Sunday, he said he’s also nervous.

“Obviously being onstage and trying to find that romantic connection in front of thousands of people would be very interesting, so that’s a little nerve-wracking,” Cabrera said.

Someone who can help with the nerves is Kufrin, who was the bachelorette in 2018 and is engaged to the man who got her final rose, Garrett Yrigoyen.

“Have fun, let your personality shine because the audience feeds off of that, enjoy the ride because the show goes by so fast, and when in doubt, compliment the ladies,” Kufrin wrote in an email last week when asked what advice she would give Cabrera.

Kufrin and Higgins have been on the road since mid-February, with each show being a bit different from the last.

“Each show is so different because our bachelor and his 10 contestants bring such a variety to each stage,” Kufrin said. “The audience also really truly makes a great show, so the more interactive and fun they have is what helps us have a great show.”

Being one of the few bachelorettes still in a relationship with the person she chose on her season, Kufrin is especially qualified to give advice to future bachelor couples, including Cabrera.

“I know firsthand how unique and unconventional dating on the show is, so as long as I can be a shoulder to lean on and help out when I can is hopefully helpful to all those couples out there,” Kufrin said.

When it comes to visiting Washington, Kufrin said her fiance raved about his visit last month, making her even more excited to see the state herself.

“I really try to squeeze in at least one local activity or experience at every place we go to,” Kufrin said.

While Kufrin didn’t say what she plans to do in Spokane, she did say she was excited for the show.

Kufrin said the best part of the shows so far has been the creative team that creates a supportive camaraderie for everyone onstage.

Anything can happen onstage, and Kufrin said she loves hearing audience feedback and feelings when she meets people after the show.

“There is nothing better when they mention that it made their night and exceeded all expectations,” Kufrin said.

Cabrera said he has tried to not put too many expectations on Sunday but is looking for someone who wants to work on themselves and push him to be a better person.

“I think I am kind of looking for a girl who would be willing to again just get out of her comfort zone and do something like this,” Cabrera said.

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