At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tuesday 27 February to Saturday 3 March 2018

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At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tues 25 to Sat 29 September 2018

Box Office 01245 606 505


Welcome to caods – Chelmsford’s leading amateur musical and dramatic society. Providing local audiences with West End style quality productions since November 1920, caods uses professional directors and musicians to support its talented amateur cast. Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association, caods have achieved rare status in winning numerous NODA awards for its productions in recent years.

caods presents two shows a year at the Civic Theatre, and with its modern, yet intimate auditorium, and state-of-the-art staging and lighting perfectly showcases the society’s top-drawer productions. caods appeal for Chelmsford audiences seems to be our ability to simultaneously surprise and delight. From Gershwin to Berlin, Lerner & Loewe to Lloyd Webber caods eclectic mix of musicals ensures continued success and an enviable reputation.

caods has charitable status and has been self-funding since its inception.

Recent News

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Could you join our cast?

The Box Office is open so why not plan a fantastically funny night out in February to brighten up the Winter evenings. With a hilarious story, fabulous music and funny accents you don’t want to miss out!

caods have been working hard since October on their next production, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’. Check out photos, cast list and latest news on our Current Show page. We are still looking for someone to play the small role of Gerard, please contact info@caods.com if you are interested.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for details on all our upcoming shows! To get all the news direct to your inbox why not join our mailing list by clicking on the button top left of the screen or by emailing us! Or why not become a non-acting member for £15 a year and support caods.

All Shook Up

Exciting News!

We have lots of exciting news to announce before Christmas!

‘All Shook Up’ has been nominated in for a NODA Award for ‘Best Musical in Region 8’ for 2017. Thank you to everyone involved in the production from cast, crew and production team. Special thank you to Sallie Warrington (Director) and Clare Penfold (Musical Director). We will find out the results in Spring and will let you know the results!

At our AGM this year we gave away some very special awards which are new for caods. Natasha Lesley won the Member Award and John Sullivan won the Committee Award. We also awarded two Life Memberships to Russell Day and Lynette Sullivan. More information here.

We are also awaiting for the final decision from Chelmsford City Council with regards to the proposed planning on the site of our HQ. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything but please find out more information on our Save Our HQ page.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Advertise with caods!

Do you have a local business or service? Want to reach a new client base of up to 3,000 people in Chelmsford and the surrounding area? Want to try new advertising opportunities at competitive prices? Want to support a local charity who has been in the Chelmsford community for almost 100 years? Why not advertise with caods in their show programme?

With 500 audience members at our 6 performances at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford you wouldn’t want to miss out on our competitive prices for advertisement and FREE design service if you purchase advertising space. With prices from £20 in our A4 programme please contact caodsprogramme@gmail.com for more information and to book your space!

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Audiences Say…

“Full of comedy, great talent, stunning vocals and high energy”

— Audience member, All Shook Up, September 2017