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.

Recent News

All Shook Up

Painting Chelmsford Yellow!

The cast of ‘All Shook Up’ partied in the park a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful day of songs, food and sunshine. Thank you to everyone who came to support us and to Hylands House for a wonderful day. Check out the photos on our Current Show page.

Publicity for ‘All Shook Up’ is in full swing! We’ve had to publicity days that went down a storm and members of our cast have been on local radio. Keep listening out for us as we paint Chelmsford yellow! It’s not too late to book your tickets with best availability at the beginning of the week!

‘All Shook Up’ will run from Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 September 2017 at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford. Call 01245 606505 for tickets, book online or pop in to the Civic Theatre in person.

We Need Your Help

Save Our HQ!

Thank you to everybody who signed the consultation questionnaire and attended our gathering at HQ for photos for the local press. Our Save Our HQ page has recent articles and information on our continuing fight. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates as they happen.

We have been told by Chelmsford City Council that the site of our HQ has been shortlisted for a proposed housing development. This would mean losing the site where CYGAMS (Young Gen) and caods rehearse. We would be devastated to lose our HQ which is vital in producing our shows.

Please visit our Save Our HQ page for links and more information.

Open Evening – 4 October

Director Announced

Join us for our Open Evening on Wednesday 4 October at 8pm for a catch-up and intro into our next show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It’s a great chance for new, current and ex-members to catch up, find out a bit about caods (whether you’re interested in being on stage, backstage or front of house). Our director for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ray Jeffery, will be giving a talk on our next show – more details on our Next Show page. Come and find out what we are all about!

A fabulous 2 years of productions are 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