CAOS Musical Productions, formally known as Chichester Amateur Operatic Society, was formed in January 1910 by the lay vicars of Chichester Cathedral and some local business men of the City. They met on Thursday afternoons(which was early closing day) and planned their productions.
The first performance that these good folk staged was Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in May 1911, which was performed in East Street, at the Corn Exchange. For those of you that know the area, the company Next have their building on that site now.
Some years ago we changed the name of the Society to CAOS Musical Productions to reflect the wider variety of Musical Theatre which appeals to the modern day audience. That said, we do perform Gilbert & Sullivan and other Operettas occasionally. In June 2011, as a tribute to ‘Our Ancestors’ and to celebrate our 100th Anniversary we did perform ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in a fairly traditional way but with a more modern slant.
CAOS have previously performed at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester and have enjoyed full houses for several of our productions there. Included in that list are Hello Dolly, Guys & Dolls, and most recently The Sound of Music in 2012. Since then due to refurbishment at the Festival Theatre CAOS have performed at many different venues across the are including Westbourne House School and at the Riverside Theatre. Our last production was the 70’s musical ‘Boogie Nights’ which was performed at the Alexandra Theatre in Bognor.
We are very much looking forward to our next show, 'Half a Sixpence' where we are back at the Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis. It’s shaping up to be another great production and we look forward to seeing you there!
Bee Anderson - Chairman
Will McGovern - Vice Chairman
Jacob Russell - Membership Secretary
Daniel Farmiloe - Events Co-Ordinator
Adam Fox - Publicity Manager
Katie Hobbs - Committee Member
Laura Pickford - Committee Member
Jen Gardener - Committee Member
Mason Gilbert - Committee Member
Kayla Shepherd - Committee Member
Sarah Melville - Committee Member
Steve Kirkman - Committee Member
CAOS Musical Productions
Founded in 1910, Formerly Known as Chichester Amateur Operatic Society
REGISTERED CHARITY NO 1042854
Affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association
For membership enquiries please contact our Membership Secretary - Jacob Russell