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 has achieved rare status in winning numerous NODA awards for its productions in recent years.
caods present 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.
Tuesday 27 – Saturday 1 October 2016
Caods are proud to announce their Autumn 2016 production is ‘Barnum’ – the exhilarating musical about ‘The Greatest Showman On Earth’ at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford. This stunning musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits – ‘Come Follow The Band’, ‘The Colours Of My Life’ and ‘There Is A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute’ to make this a truly spectacular show not to be missed!
Watch this space for details regarding opening of the Box Office at the Civic Theatre.
Monday 11 January 2016
caods were delighted to be invited by the New City Girls Women’s Institute to perform at Chelmsford Cathedral as part of their 2nd anniversary celebrations. Following a short presentation about the history of caods and what it stands for now some 96 years later, over 30 members of the society took to the stage and performed numbers from some of our most recent shows, including ‘Sister Act’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Guys and Dolls’ and, from our forthcoming production, ‘Legally Blonde’. A fantastic evening was had by all and the 200 strong audience. Thank you for inviting us!