Secondary school drama groups must first enter one of approximately 24 District Festivals held in various areas of the province. Each District is organized by geographic location. The number of shows that proceed to the Regional level is determined by a set formula
District finalists are then invited to one of six Regional Festivals, each usually running three to six nights.
Two Outstanding Productions from each Regional Festival are invited to perform at the Ontario Showcase, moving locations across from year to year. The 2019 festival will be held in Brantford, Ontario.
At the DISTRICT and REGIONAL levels, Awards are given for Outstanding Production, Individual Performances, Stage Management and Technical Achievement. Awards Of Excellence and Awards Of Merit are presented to acknowledge outstanding student performers, writers, directors and technicians.
At the ONTARIO SHOWCASE, the Festival is non - competitive. A number of Awards are given at the discretion of the Adjudicator. In addition, there are prizes for writing ($500) and technical skill ($500) as well as scholarships ($3000) and bursaries ($1000) awarded to help recipients pursue careers in performing arts.