Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 September 2019, Chelmsford Civic Theatre



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



caods are pleased to announce that our next show will ‘Evita’ – a first for caods and the Civic Theatre Chelmsford. This is a fantastic start for caods during our 100 years celebration. This his musical by Andrew Lloyd-Webber has played multiple times on the West End and Broadway. Madonna also appeared as Eva Peron in the 1996 film of the musical. 
The Box Office is now open with tickets selling fast. All details can be found on our Current Show.



caods production of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels‘ just scooped a NODA win in the Best Musical category. Congratulations to our amazing cast and crew – another fantastic win for caods

Our fantastic production of ‘My Fair Lady‘ has also won a PANIC Award for Best Theatrical Production. We were up against some fantastic local companies and felt so proud to come out on top.

 Take a look at some of our past wins!



A magical 2020

Fantastic firsts for caods

Our Spring 2020 show will be wonderful ‘Shrek the Musical’! All details will be posted to our Next Show page. Auditions will be taking place in October 2019. Journey to the swamp for an alternative fairy tale based on the hit Dreamworks film.

caods are also pleased to announce that our Autumn 2020 show will be ‘Kipps – The New Half a Sixpence Musical’. This amazing update of the classic musical will be a first for caods and the Civic Theatre. 

What a fantastic year of firsts for caods in our centenary celebrations.  Keep an eye on our social media for all our exciting announcements. 

Audiences Say…

“Congratulations to you all. I brought a coach party to your afternoon matinee yesterday, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the show immensely, and thought it was your best ever. Such an enormous cast, and the dancers were so all together, professionals could not have done better. The main characters were excellent, such strong voices – I certainly could not have been able to remember all that script!!!”

— Audience member, My Fair Lady, March 2019