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.
Roll Up, Roll Up, It’s Show Week!
It’s show week! The cast and crew have been working extra hard all weekend and we are now all ready for show week!
Saturday matinee is now SOLD OUT so book your tickets now so avoid missing out! Best availability at the beginning of the week.
Keep an eye on our social media and go to our Current Show page for photos, videos and more!
Book your tickets now by clicking on the link below or calling the Box Office direct on 01245 606505.
Auditions – 22 October 2016
Our auditions for our upcoming show ‘Anything Goes’ will be held on Saturday 22 October 2016 with the first pre-audition call on Friday 7 October 2016. Our Next Show page has details on pre-audition calls. A full call sheet for the rehearsal period and audition pieces will be available shortly.
‘Anything Goes’ will run from Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 4 March 2017 at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford.
All Shook Up
Autumn 2017 Show Annoucement
caods is excited to announce ‘All Shook Up’ as our our Autumn 2017 show directed by Sallie Warrington which will run at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford from 26-30 September 2017.
‘All Shook Up’ is a jukebox musical based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with the songs of Elvis Presley such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘A Little Less Conversation’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Love Me Tender’ to name a few! Set in 1955 in the deep midwest in a town where music and dancing is strictly forbidden. Enter a motorcycle-riding rebel ready to break all the rules and you have a town that is ‘All Shook Up’!