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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

Tap Lessons and Audition Details

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.

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!). All details can be found on our Current Show page.

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

All Shook Up

Exciting News!

Congratulations to the cast of ‘All Shook Up’ for their win at The Panic Awards for the “Independent Theatre Production of the Year” for our recent production. Thank you to everyone who voted and to everyone involved in the production. A special congratulations to Sallie Warrington (Director) and Clare Penfold (Musical Director).

We have also been nominated for a NODA Award for ‘All Shook Up’ as ‘Best Musical in Region 8’ for 2017. We will find out the results in Spring and will let you know the results!

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.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Fantastic reviews from our audiences

caods had a fantastic time working on ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’. Thanks to everyone who braved the snow to come and support us. Click here for all the reviews, photos and more from our most recent show!

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