Tost helping with play production

TAKING THE STAGE — Some of the cast members of Steubenville High School’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” are, front, from left, Jacqueline Shea, Jacob Buchmelter, Elizabeth Anderson, Gracie Dillon, Connor Yoho, Jessica Starkweather and Mariyka Sich; and back, Daniel Baird, Kyle Kenefick, Aiyanna Glynn, Luke Settle, Isaac Bauman, Mecca Sawyer, Audrey Post, Justice Jett, John Kovach, Dalan Livingston and Jonathan DuBois.

STEUBENVILLE — DeShaun Tost, who flew on the stage at Steubenville High School in 2016 as Mary Poppins, is back and helping his alma mater as an acting coach for the upcoming productions of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” as the SHS Drama Club and A Cappella Choir are set to perform in the production in the SHS auditorium.

Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. March 15-17 and 3 p.m. on March 18.

Tost comes from New York, where he graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is a new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, according to Director Scott Wolodkin.

What makes a monster and what makes a man? This is the central theme of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which tells the story of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his desire to one day be a part of the outside world, according to Wolodkin. When he summons the courage to attend the Feast of Fools, he meets Esmeralda, a compassionate gypsy who protects him from an angry mob. But at the same time, Quasimodo’s master, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, and the new captain of the guard, Phoebus de Martin, fall in love with the beautiful girl. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies — and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

The cast includes Jonathan DuBois, Elizabeth Anderson, Sarah Brown, Derek Ziarko, Vanessa Nodianos and John Kovach.

Tickets are $10 each, Go to for tickets.