All Shook Up

At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

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



At Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tuesday 27 February to Saturday 3 March 2018


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

Let Rehearsals Begin!

caods ‘All Shook Up’ auditions took place on Saturday 20 May 2017 and we can’t wait to get started! Check out our Current Show page for more details on this and the rest of our amazing cast list.

‘All Shook Up’ is a fantastic jukebox show set in the 1950s with great rock ‘n’ roll songs! Get ready to rock and roll with caods!

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

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.

 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!

Latest Facebook Posts

Meet Debra Sparshott, playing the part of Mayor Matilda Hyde in our next production of 'All Shook Up'. Debs joined caods in 1991, she has played various roles and also helped on many productions too. She is having a lot of fun with this show, and knows you will have a great time watching it too.

Book your tickets at or call the box office on 01245 606505

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Audiences Say…

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

— Audience Member, Legally Blonde March 2016