2022-2023 Season

The Last Chance Angels

A new holiday musical performed on the SYT Mainstage Dec. 9-18, 2022.

Book & Lyrics by Bobby Sample
Original Music by Katie Sample & Bobby Sample
Music Arranged by Katie Sample, Josh Hontz, & Connor Sample

About This Production

A flash flood will destroy the town of Last Chance, Arizona unless their good will proves enough to earn a miracle in time for Christmas. This is a funny and touching story about the importance of community and how the “better angels of our nature” make a greater difference than miracles. This world-premiere holiday musical features new songs and classic tunes of the season to kick off a unique new Spotlight tradition.

Director’s Note

From the Playbill

I am so thrilled to be in the Spotlight Youth Theatre walls directing! It’s been a goal of mine to get to work with the talented SYT community for a while now, and what a blessing to get to direct the original production of a Bobby / Katie masterpiece. This production has been a joy to work on—getting the performers to create and think about the background of their character and bring them to life. Unlike other productions, they can’t copy the Broadway version, which was thrilling as a director and educator. You can ask any of the kids about their background story and they can answer in detail—from Rose’s thoughts on her relationship with Agnes’ daughter to Kinley’s viewpoint on Zeph’s position of leadership on the Z Team. These kids are wildly creative and talented. I am so proud of their growth as actors throughout the process.

I will apologize now because the music by Katie Sample is so catchy and fun; you will end up with it stuck in your head and wishing you could pull it up on Spotify.

Sit back, enjoy, and melt into the Christmas spirit with our debut production of The Last Chance Angels.

Elisa Selah, Director


The Arker Family
Ben ArkerWilliam Richardson
Curtis ArkerAndrei Igdanes
Annabelle ArkerMia Hurley
Mae ArkerSofie Farr
The Chavez Family
Olivia ChavezSarina Arbaugh
Marty ChavezAJ King
Liddy ChavezAmani Fabrizius
Lupe ChavezVanessa Yazdani
Agnes BrackelmoreRose Wardeh Hanna
Sheriff BobShawn Emmerson
Deacon Paula WrightSam Cope
AmberReagan Little
HannahVanessa Van Atta
ArchimedesElsie Donsker
PhoebeGrace D’Astice
Carolers / Shoppers / Cast of “The Nutcracker and the Coyote King”Company
News / Media
Alva LindarezElla Ellis
Anchor TedShawn Emmerson
CrewElsie Donsker
Pastor Arly “Answers” AndersonAndrei Igdanes
The Last Chance Angels
ZephKinley Stratton
ZacCharlee Shaver
ZagValerie Winch
MandyDagny Knoell

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
DirectorElise Selah
Musical DirectionKatie Sample
ChoreographyZoey Waller
Stage ManagerLandon Kalin
Scenic DesignLogan Swope
Costume/Mask DesignAudrey Wawro
Lighting DesignOlivia Martinez
Sound Design / Technical CoordinatorJosh Hontz
Hair & Makeup DesignElise Selah
Properties DesignKenny Grossman
Vicki Grossman
Tech CrewEllie Shelton
Zoey Thompson
De’Layla Wilcox
Music Production
Mixing / KeyboardJosh Hontz
GuitarsKatie Sample
DrumsConnor Sample
Demo SingersKatie Sample
Adrian Romero
Josh Hontz
Hannah Viquesney