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.

Brush up your Shakespeare!

 
caods is proud to present the Cole Porter classic ‘Kiss Me Kate‘. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. With Fred chasing Lois, who’s boyfriend Bill is signing off gambling debts in Fred’s name, and gangsters waiting in the wings you know the line between theatre and real-life will begin to blur with hilarious results. With fantastic songs such as “It’s Too Darn Hot”, “Another Opening, Another Show”, “So In Love” and many more you won’t want to miss out.
 
Tickets are now on sale at the Chelmsford Theatre Box Office
 
 

Standing Ovations for Fabulous Cast

caods had an a fabulous trip Down Under with Tick, Felicia, Bernadette and the rest of the wonderful cast. With heels, feathers, wigs and costumes galore it was a whirlwind of a show that had audiences dancing in their seats. What a fantastic show to watch and perform in. Thank you as always to our backstage crew, wardrobe team, dressers, make-up artists and every other person who made the show possible. 
 
Thank you for those who came to support us and you can see reviews and photos on our Past Shows page.
 
 
 

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 shows of Shrek The Musical in February 2020 and Sweet Charity in September 2021. 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 thanks all our members, helpers, supporters and audiences over the years for our continued success. Here’s to another 100 years!

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