AFTER months of practice, CODS is ready to bring “The Wedding Singer” to its audiences.

The costumes are ready, the wigs are prepped and the paint is drying on the set!

This absolutely hilarious musical comedy based on the hit Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film has some awesome music to go along with the brilliant stupid humour.

CODS is thrilled to have James Billington back performing as Robbie in what is something of an iconic role for him given he works as a professional wedding singer with his bands “All Jazzed Up” and “Pocket Full of Groove”.

If you haven’t seen James front his UK touring theatre tribute show, Magnificent Buble, then look out for dates advertised in the local press.

James has a huge passion for musical theatre performance and is grateful each time an opportunity arises.

James and Lyndsey during rehearsals for ‘The Wedding Singer’.
James and Lyndsey during rehearsals for ‘The Wedding Singer’. (CODS)

His last appearance with CODS was playing the role of Eddie in “Sister Act” where he even had a costume change on stage.

This year he will be sprinting around backstage as he goes through no end of costume changes, some of which are in a very short time! 

Sharing the leading role limelight is Lyndsey Betts playing the role of Julia.

“The Wedding Singer” was Lyndsey’s favourite film as a teenager and she is thrilled to be taking on her first lead CODS role as the hopeless romantic. Anyone attending rehearsals will have seen that should anyone go ill during the week of our show Lyndsey would be able to step up and sing anyone’s solo as she knows the whole show off by heart!

Having been a member of the chorus in “Sister Act”, followed by Sister Sophia in “The Sound of Music” and Aysha in “Children of Eden”, it is pleasing to see how comfortably Lyndsey has taken on the leading lady role.

These two are backed up by a truly great cast, including many making their CODS debut, who under the directorship of Heather Barlow have enjoyed getting to grips with the humour on display.

If you would prefer to be entertained by dancing then our choreographer, Daisy Dafters, has produced a great visual spectacle with an incredibly talented group of dancers. Then of course Allan Fouracre, with his band of five musicians, will be bringing out the best in the singing. It really is a show not to be missed.

It takes place from Monday, April 8 to Saturday, April 13 at 7.30pm at Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnfield campus hall.

Tickets are priced £16, with concessions being £14, and can be obtained either by going through the Box Office link on: or ringing me on 07912 551102.

A reminder when coming to our show that Bowden Hill and Dean Street are closed and access will be via Park Road.

Mike Canning