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 has achieved rare status in winning numerous NODA awards for its productions in recent years.

caods present two shows a year at the Chelmsford Theatre, and with its newly refurbished, 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.

Tickets now on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for our next musical – The Wedding Singer. It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. All details available on our Current Show page.
Tickets available via the Chelmsford Theatre Box Office. Can’t stand to wait?! Why not take a look at our previous show Kiss Me Kate and all our Past Shows.

The Panic Awards

Just after the closing of Kiss Me Kate it was straight off to The Panic Awards where we picked three awards. A huge congratulations to everyone and thank you for those who voted.
Best Actor in a Musical – Tom Harper (Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical)
Best Director – Sallie Warrington (Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical)
Best Musical – Calendar Girls

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 171 shows, with only a break of eight years around WW2. Why not can take a look at our full History and Past Shows – here is our first cast member photo from HMS Pinafore performed in April 1921. 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.

Eric Smart at Broomfield Hospital Radio recently dedicated a show to 100 years of caods with memories and songs from our recent show. You can listen to the programme here.

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

Audiences Say…

“What a show. Spot on in every way. A wonderful opening performance, just perfection!”

— Audience Member, Priscilla Queen of the Desert