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 the province from year to year. The 2020 festival will be held in North Bay, Ontario.