Those Other Carpenters

The Carpenters were America’s biggest selling pop duos of the 1970’s. Karen and Richard’s music, dominated the charts for almost 14 years. They created a unique “soft rock” sound, with Karen’s rich, smooth tones, and Richard’s talents as an arranger, songwriter and pianist. Since Karen’s untimely death in 1983, their music still survives, and even today, people of all ages have a love affair with the Carpenters Music.

Darren & Sharon Carpenter

The Carpenters From Kempsey, celebrate The Carpenters, but with a comic twist.  Starring Darren Mapes and Debora Krizak, they play Darren & Sharon Carpenter – from Kempsey.  Together they recreate the sound of The Carpenters with uncanny accuracy.

Darren & Sharon Carpenter’s lives were magically transformed the day that they discovered those “Other Carpenters”. Not only did they share a family name, but they looked similar as well. Join Darren & Sharon in concert, as they  hit the road singing all those songs The Carpenters made famous, including Top of the World, Goodbye To Love, Yesterday Once More, A Kind Of Hush, Rainy Days and Mondays, Calling Occupants, Ticket To Ride, Close To You, Superstar, Mr Postman and many more.

After an almost 7 year break, Darren & Sharon are reunited in their John Farnham memorial come-back tour.

 

Shows

On Sale

Weds 9th Dec 2020, 7pm 
Paddington RSL
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Sat 10th Oct 2020, 6pm 
Royal Hotel, Wyong
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Weds 19th Feb, 10.30am 
Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club

Thurs 20th Feb, 6.30pm 
Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon

Weds 26th Feb, 6.30pm 
Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon

2019

Logan Loves Seniors Day, Logan Central
Claire’s Kitchen, Royal Hotel (Wyong)

Between 2013 — 2018

Darren and Sharon had a falling out and embarked on failed solo careers

Between 2008 — 2012

The Majellan Resort, Tropicana Grand Ball Room, and the Syuen Grand Ball Room (Malaysia), Capitol Theatre (Tamworth), Darling Harbour (Seniors Week), Lyric Theatre (Sydney) Palms (Crown Casino -Melbourne), Ford Theatre (Geelong), Dunstan Playhouse (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Whitehorse Centre  (Nunawading), Colac Performing Arts Centre Eastbank Performing Arts Cetnre (Shepparton), Esso BHP Entertainment Centre (Sale), Queens Park Theatre (Geraldton), Albany Town Hall Esperance Entertainment Centre, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Cararvon Civic Centre, Queenbeyan Performing Arts Cetnre, Gardens Theatre QUT (Brisbane) Empire Theatre (Toowoomba), Manning Entertainment Centre (Griffith), Orange Civic Centre, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, The Official Mardi Gras Party, Hothouse Comedy Festival, Slide Cabaret (Sydney) and many more.   

Celebrating 50 years of Close To You

In 2020 we celebrate 50 years since the release of Karen & Richards 2nd album, “Close To You” – the album that cemented their place music history and in the hearts of fans around the world. 

The Critics Say

Mapes and Krizak , may well be channelling Karen & Richard…voices from heaven

~ Sunday Mail Adelaide

The Critics Say

A Truly amazing tribute to timeless music…you can’t help but sing-a-long

~ Inner West Courier Sydney

The Critics Say

The Carpenters From Kempsey re-create the look and sound of the Carpenters and provide you with some comic genius. You will be thoroughly entertained by the Carpenters From Kempsey

~ Mrs Carpenter

About Us

Darren Mapes

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Darren is a graduate from Southern Cross University – BA (Contemporary Music).  He is an experienced Actor, Singer and Musician, who, has over 25 years professional experience in the performing arts. 

As a vocal coach, Darren has coached many Music Theatre performers, Band Singers and recording artists.  Some of successful clients have appeared in Matilda, Les Miserables, Strictly Ballroom, The Lion King, Dirty Dancing, Jersey Boys, Cats, Wicked, and many more.

He has worked as an accompanist/musical director for the likes of Casey Donovan, Paulini, Debora Krizak, Tamara Jaber, Mary Kiani, Belinda Chapple, Jacinta Gulisano, & David Campbell.

Darren has starred alongside Casey Donovan, Hayley Jensen, & Doug Williams in the NSW tour of “Back To Bacharach”.  He collaborated with Debora Krizak to create “cABBAret” – a documentary about ABBA.  He appeared in Neil Gooding and Matthew Henderson’s production of “Thank You For Being A Friend”, and is the creator/writer/performer in one of Australia’s most loved and successful Cabaret shows “The Carpenters From Kempsey”

Currently Darren is Manager and course co-ordinator for the Diploma in Musical Theatre at Brent Street in Sydney.  He was co-founder and director, along with Linda Nagle, of “Sing Over King” in Newtown, for 7 years, and continues to provide specialist coaching for many talented professionals, HSC students, and talented young singers.

Debora Krizak

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Debora is one of Australia’s most critically recognized entertainers. Known for her roles in musicals such as Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Sweet Charity’ and ‘Cabaret’ (to name a few), she has earned the reputation of being one of the country’s most versatile and diverse actresses. Awarded the Sydney Theatre Critics award for her role in ‘Sweet Charity’, Debora is also a two time Helpmann Award nominee and Glug recipient.

Debora holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Performing Arts and has also worked extensively in television, cabaret and radio. She penned “Laugh Be A Lady” for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival as well as “CABBARET” for the Sydney Cabaret Festival alongside Darren Mapes. Debora is also a featured guest entertainer for Celebrity cruises, Holland America and Royal Carribean.

Debora is currently starring in “Razorhurst”, playing the iconic crime figure Kate Leigh and will be seen as Tanya in “Mamma Mia” for Packemin Productions later in the year.

Booking Enquiries

Format 1: Duo with live keyboard/piano and backings

Format 2: Full Band (piano/keys, guitar, bass, drums, synth, and backing vocals)

Length: The show can be adapted according to budgets and venue needs with a maximum of two sets of approximately 45-50min each. 

Contact: darren@carpentersfromkempsey.com