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


Postponed to March 2022

It is with a heavy heart that caods have decided to postpone our next show – ‘Kipps – The New Half a Sixpence Musical’ due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19. This decision has been made to keep our Society, patrons, cast and crew safe in these difficult times. caods are pleased to announce that we have postponed this show to March 2022. We are hopeful that our auditions and rehearsals for our  ‘Sweet Charity‘  will begin as planned in October.

caods wishes you all the best in these uncertain times and we thank you for your support during these difficult times.



caods are delighted to announce that a fantastic selection of shows in the upcoming year. In March 2021 caods will be hitting the stage with ‘Sweet Charity‘. This will be directed by Sallie Warrington and expect fantastic songs and dancing in this hit musical. All details will be announced on our Current Show page.
Our Autumn 2021 show will be the classic ‘Calamity Jane‘ directed by Claire Carr. Following on from that will be the postponed ‘Kipps – The New Half a Sixpence Musical’ directed by Ray Jeffery in March 2022.



caods had a fantastic week performing ‘Shrek The Musical’ with sell out shows from Friday onwards at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford. A fantastic time was had by all and thank you to our wonderful audiences for making each night special. Take a look at our reviews and photos on our Shrek page. We have also been nominated for the Essex Community Theatre Production of the Year for both ‘Shrek The Musical‘ and ‘Evita‘ – voting is now open.

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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