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



Auditions have taken place and we have a fantastic cast for our Current Show. Full details are currently under wraps but it’s a fantastic first for both caods and the Civic Theatre. Full details will be released on 27 May 2019 so watch this space! 



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!



caods 100 years

Become a Friend of caods in our 100th year

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.

NEW FOR 2019! Why not become a Friend of caods? Support your local amateur society and charity with fantastic perks and benefits to receive all year round. Visit our Join Us page for further information on this fantastic new option to support our award winning society. Benefits include prize draws, invitations to preview nights and much, much more!


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

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