Welcome

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.

caods celebrates 100 years

caods is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary! On 8 November 1920 the first public meeting of Chelmsford Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society was held at the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford ahead of their first production, HMS Pinafore. It is safe to say that we haven’t looked back since!

Since then caods has performed 166 shows, with only a break of eight years around WW2. Why not can take a look at our full History and Past Shows – from our first cast member photo from HMS Pinafore performed in April 1921 to our most recent show of Shrek The Musical in February 2020. caods have consistently pushed the limits of our Society to bring the best of theatre to Chelmsford, as can be seen by our many Awards

caods had hoped to celebrate our centenary in style with shows including Sweet Charity, Kipps – The Half a Sixpence Musical and Calamity Jane but sadly Covid-19 has postponed or cancelled this performances. caods are look forward to celebrating with our members and audiences as soon as we are able to. 

From operas to dramas, circus tricks to full prosthetics and everything in between caods thanks all our members, helpers, supporters and audiences over the years for our continued success. Here’s to another 100 years!

SHOW UPDATES

SWEET CHARITY / KIPPS

caods can now announce that we hope to bring ‘Sweet Charity‘ to the Civic Theatre stage in September 2021. 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 Next Show  ‘Kipps – The New Half a Sixpence Musical’ has also been postponed to March 2022 due to Covid-19.
 
These decisions have been made to keep our Society, patrons, cast and crew safe in these difficult times. caods are following Government guidance and are working closely with the Civic Theatre to ensure that when caods does come back to the stage this is done in a safe and Covid-compliant way. We can’t wait to get back on stage as we know how much everyone is missing the theatre at the moment.

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