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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

Top Hat

Can you guys put on Ritz?

Visit our Current Show page for all information on ‘Top Hat’, our next show directed by Sallie Warrington who recently directed ‘All Shook Up‘, ‘Legally Blonde‘ and ‘Sister Act‘ for caods.

We are still looking for our Jerry and men to join the ensemble/small parts. All details can be found on our Current Show page so get in touch now!

The Box Office is now open so book your tickets now for the Essex premier of ‘Top Hat’.

All Shook Up

Awards for ‘All Shook Up’

Congratulations to the cast of ‘All Shook Up’ for their win at the NODA Awards for ‘All Shook Up’ as ‘Best Musical in Region 8’ for 2017 and The Panic Awards for the “Independent Theatre Production of the Year” for our recent production of ‘All Shook Up’. Thank you to everyone who voted and to everyone involved in the show, with a special congratulations to Sallie Warrington (Director) and Clare Penfold (Musical Director) for both our awards

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2018 show will be ‘My Fair Lady’ directed by Ray Jeffery. Our Next Show page will be updated with details as they are released.

GDPR and Workshop

Keep in touch and Kinky Boots workshop

We are pleased to announce a Dance & Acting Workshop with professional director and choreographer, Chris Cuming. Join us on Sunday 3 June for an afternoon of dance from ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘Kinky Boots’ followed by an acting through song workshop. caods members can attend for free and a £5 fee for non-member. Click here for more information on Chris and how to book your place.

With the upcoming GDPR please keep an eye out for an email to update your information with us.

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 emailing us at! Or why not become a non-acting member for £15 a year to support caods.

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Audiences Say…

“I came to see you last night with my family. Such talent. We all really enjoyed the musical. I could not take my eyes off the stage. Thank you for a lovely evening.”

— Audience member, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, March 2018