At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tuesday, 27th September until Saturday, 1st October 2016 

Box Office 01245 606 505

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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


Barnum Cast List & Box Office Now Open!

caods is proud to announce their Autumn 2016 production is ‘Barnum’ – the exhilarating musical about ‘The Greatest Showman On Earth’ at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. This stunning musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits – ‘Come Follow The Band’, ‘The Colours Of My Life’ and ‘There Is A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute’ to make this a truly spectacular show not to be missed!

Our cast list is now available! Visit the Current Show page for the full list. Congratulations to the cast who can’t wait to start!

‘Barnum’ runs from Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October 2016 at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford.

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment by clicking on the link below or calling the Box Office direct on 01245 606505.


Sister Act

NODA “Best Musical” Award

caods is pleased to announce that we have won the NODA award in our district for “Best Musical” for our production of ‘Sister Act’! Congratulations to our director, Sallie Warrington, and all our cast and crew who made this show a great success. Click here for our award.


Barnum Circus Skills Workshop & Team Kinetix

caods is pleased to announce that Team Kinetix will be supporting us in our next production of ‘Barnum’.

Team Kinetix are a professional parkour, freerunning and acrobatic team. They will be providing circus skills training for the cast, tightrope training for our P.T. Barnum and supporting us with safety equipment for the show.

On Sunday 20 March our members took part in a workshop for ‘Barnum’ which included circus skills training provided by Team Kinetix and production numbers and show talks by our director Ray Jeffery. The day was a great success for members old and new. Take a look at our Current Show page for some photos!

There is still time to take part in our next production of ‘Barnum’. Pre-audition dates and rehearsal times are all on our Current Show page and more information can be found on our Get Involved and Join Us pages.


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CAODS 'Barnum' Publicity Day in Chelmsford City Centre

September 3, 2016, 10:00am - September 3, 2016, 4:00pm

CAODS and the cast of 'Barnum' will be bringing the circus to Chelmsford under the 'big top' of High Chelmer Shopping Centre. Pop by to see our cast in action presenting some musical extracts from th...

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“Fantastic show – was my first time but not my last”

— Audience Member, Legally Blonde March 2016