About us

Springers has its origins in North Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, England. Because of a successful cabaret produced as a fund raising event on behalf of North Springfield Community Association, a small group met together in 1982 and the Society was formed.

Springers has always been an ambitious drama group and has always welcomed participation by members of all ages. Home-grown talent presents most of the productions with professional assistance only having to be employed on the music side.

Springers currently performs two musicals a year one in June in the Civic Theatre and one in November in the Cramphorn Theatre. We differ from some other groups in that not only do we perform timeless favourites, but also challenge ourselves and entertain our audiences with excellent less well-known musicals. In recent years, this diversity has attracted many new members of all ages and backgrounds, and we hope our forthcoming programme of shows will continue to have the same effect.

Springers is always keen for new people to join the group as backstage help, actors, musicians, prompt, carpenters, painters, scenery manufacturers, props, make up, wardrobe, publicity, or box office. A job can usually be found for everyone!

If you are interested in being on stage, please be aware that we operate a membership retention policy – this means that principal auditions are only open to members with at least 6 months membership immediately prior to auditions in the first instance. Should any principal parts be uncast after this they would then be open all interested. Anyone wishing to be in the chorus is not subject to this policy.

All members are required to pay an annual subscription. Performing members are also required to pay a show fee and lib/score hire charge.

Springers rehearse at Springfield Parish Centre, Springfield, Chelmsford on Mondays 8pm-10:30pm and Wednesdays 8:20pm-10:45pm.

If you are interested in joining us or want some more information, please get in touch via the contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Past Productions

2019 Grease; Bonnie & Clyde

2018 Made in Dagenham; Joseph and the Amazing Techniclolor Dream Coat

2017 Footloose; Soho Cinders

2016 Monty Python’s Spamalot; The Full The Monty

2015 Aida; The Wedding Singer

2014 OurHouse; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

2013 The Sound of Music; Whistle Down The Wind

2012 All Shook Up; Seussical The Musical

2011 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Bad Girls – The Musical

2010 Jesus Christ Superstar; My Fair Lady

2009 The Full Monty; Oliver!

2008 Noah – The Musical; Jekyll & Hyde

2007 A Grand Night For Singing; Disco Inferno

2006 Return To The Forbidden Planet; The King & I

2005 Little Shop Of Horrors; Oklahoma!

2004 Honk!; The Hired Man

2003 Into The Woods; Fiddler On The Roof

2002 The Baker’s Wife; West Side Story

2001 A Christmas Carol; Annie Get Your Gun

2000 Godspell; Guys & Dolls

1999 Merrily We Roll Along; State Fair

1998 The Hired Man; Mame

1997 Free As Air; Kiss Me Kate

1996 The Boyfriend; The Desert Song

1995 West Side Story; Oklahoma!

1994 Hans Anderson; South Pacific

1993 Jack The Ripper; Gigi

1992 A Christmas Carol; Calamity Jane (British Amateur Premier)

1991 Sleeping Beauty; Pajama Game

1990 Letters Entertain You; Chicago

1989 Jack & The Beanstalk; Half a Sixpence

1988 Cinderella; Salad Days

1987 Variety ’87; Jack The Ripper

1986 Cabaret Spectacular; Charlie Girl

1985 Cabaret Cavalcade; The Boyfriend

1984 Monte Carlo Cabaret; Viva Mexico

1983 Black & White Minstrels; Robison Crusoe


Springers Amateur Operatic & Dramatic SocietyRegistered charity 1166649Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA)