Palo Alto High School’s theater department will host its annual Play in a Day on Dec. 19 and 20.

“There is going to be a meeting with everyone participating on Dec. 19 after finals, where actors and playwrights find out the secret theme, and everyone gets divided up into groups,” said producer, senior Hannah Nguyen. “Before 8 a.m. the next morning, they have to write a five to 10 minute play based on the theme.”

According to theater teacher Kathleen Woods, the next day will be spent rehearsing, putting together props and costumes and arranging lighting cues on stage.

On Saturday, the plays will be performed at the Haymarket Theater. The event is open to everybody, according to Woods.

“Play in a Day is a really low commitment way to get involved with theater and experience all of the fun of theater in a single day,”  Nguyen said.

To  sign up, contact Woods or Nguyen for more information.