Marysville High School students are spending time after school building French townhomes, a clock tower, staircases and a dungeon.

Marysville High School students are spending time after school building French townhomes, a clock tower, staircases and a dungeon.

All in a day's work for the set crew for the Drama Club's fall production of "Beauty and the Beast."

Industrial technology teacher Max Corbett leads the student crew, which began its work around the same time as auditions were being held. Corbett figures his students have spent three hours a day twice a week since early October.

"Whoever wants to sign up is welcome," Corbett said. "Technically there's a try-out, but I take everybody."

He said there is some use of power tools, and that student must take a safety course and pass a quiz before being authorized to use them.

Corbett, who worked set crew when he was in high school and at his previous teaching job, said that once in the crew most return, estimating that 80 percent of his current crew has worked with him before. This is his third show at Marysville.

"(Director Mike Robertson) and I will have meetings early on and he'll give an idea of what he wants," Corbett said. "Then we build it."

Corbett said he provides the basics, but that the crew works together on design, from construction to painting.

"I try to let the kids figure out how to make it work," he said, including "let(ting) them make mistakes and then fixing them."

Senior Natalie Turner has been working set crew for three years.

"I never took wood shop, I just like using tools and building stuff," she said.

"It's a way to express yourself but you also know that someone's going to use it," sophomore MaKayla Dawson added.

Corbett said he especially relies on the students to handle the painting, adding that there is quite a bit involved in creating the "Beauty and the Beast" set. In particular, he said, senior Leeora Mohler is instrumental in this work.

"I do art as a hobby and I take art classes in school," Mohler said. She added that she got started working on the set crew her freshman year when her soccer schedule was going to prevent her from being cast on stage.

Marysville High School's production of "Beauty and the Beast" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the MHS auditorium.

Reserved seating tickets are $8 for adults and $5 students and senior citizens. Children age 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved in advance by e-mailing warnercorner@embarqmail.com. Tickets will be held at the "Will Call" table.