All Shook Up

At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tuesday, 26th September until
Saturday, 30th September 2017


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.

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All Shook Up

Auditions – 20 May 2017

‘All Shook Up’ auditions will be taking place on Saturday 20 May 2017 with the first pre-audition call taking place on Friday 5 May. ‘All Shook Up’ is a fantastic jukebox show set in the 1950s with great rock ‘n’ roll songs! Check out our Current Show page for more details on the show and further dates.

Thinking of joining us? Check out the Join Us and Get Involved pages for more information.

‘All Shook Up’ will run from Tuesday 26 –  Saturday 30 September 2017 at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford.

Anything Goes

Anything Goes Sets Sails

The cast and crew of Anything Goes now say Bon Voyage! For those of you who came to watch you certainly saw a fantastic hit! To see photos, reviews, videos and more head to our Past Shows page.

Thank you to everyone who came to support us and we hope to see for our next performance – ‘All Shook Up’ in September 2017. For more details head to our Current Show page.


 2018 Shows

Director Announced

We are very excited to announce that our Spring 2018 production will be ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ and will be directed by Ray Jeffery with a choreographer to be announced.

We are also pleased to announce that our Autumn 2018 production will be the fabulous West-End hit ‘Top Hat’ and will be directed by Sallie Warrington.

A fabulous 2 years of productions coming up from caods with ‘All Shook Up’ (Sept 2017), ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ (Feb 2018) and ‘Top Hat’ (Sept 2018).

Keep an eye on our website and social media for details on all our upcoming shows!

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Audiences Say…

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

— Audience Member, Legally Blonde March 2016