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

It’s almost show time!

The Box Office is open so why not plan a fantastically funny night out in February to brighten up the cold evenings in the French Riviera. With a hilarious story, fabulous music and funny accents you don’t want to miss out! Brought to you by Ray Jeffery who recently directed ‘Anything Goes‘, ‘Barnum‘ and ‘Guys and Dolls‘ for caods.

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.

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 at info@caods.com! Or why not become a non-acting member for £15 a year to support caods.

All Shook Up

Exciting News!

‘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 have also found out that the site of our HQ is now off the shortlist for planning. Thank you to all our supporters and find out more information on our Save Our HQ page.

Top Hat

Tap Lessons and Audition Details

Visit our Next 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.

Auditions are being held on Saturday 12 May and with tap lessons running from Wednesday 14 March there is nothing to stop you putting on your tap shoes and getting involved (whether you are beginner or ready to tap with Fred himself!).

The box office will be open soon so keep an eye out on your emails or our social media page for more information.

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Audiences Say…

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

— Audience member, All Shook Up, September 2017