THE CARPENTERS FROM KEMPSEY
The Carpenters from Kempsey take you on a hilarious journey whilst reliving all the wonderful music of the Carpenters.
Darren & Sharon Carpenter, are twins born six months apart, from Kempsey. They never really fitted in to life on the farm, and were hopeless at just about everything, until that magical day they discovered one of Dads old vinyl records – Those “Other Carpenters”. Not only did they look similar, but they shared a family name. Darren & Sharon have hit the road singing all the songs those other Carpenters made famous.
Written by Darren Mapes and Linda Nagle and starring Lisa Adam and Darren Mapes The Carpenters from Kempsey take you on a hilarious journey whilst reliving all the wonderful music of The Carpenters including Close To You, Yesterday Once More, Ticket to Ride, Rainy Days and Mondays, Calling Occupants, Jambalaya, Mr Postman, Top Of The World, Superstar, Goodbye To Love, Only Yesterday, There's a Kind Of Hush, Love is Surrender, We've Only Just Begun as well as the odd parody and theme song....
Darren & Sharon truly are Country hicks. When they talk they're from Kemspey, when they sing, they pay homage to the beautiful sounds of those "Other Carpenters". The show is hysterically funny and the songs are so memorable you can't help but sing-a-long.
The Carpenters From Kempsey made their Sydney Debut in a sell-out season at the Statement Lounge at Sydney's State Theatre Oct 2005. Since then they have appeared at Star City Casino Show-room for Aus Show-biz Cares, Yippeeyiyo Restaurant (residency), numerous corporate events, and most recently a sell-out season at the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
DARREN MAPES (Writer/Darren Carpenter)
Darren graduated from University of New England. While at uni he was part of an acappella group, who participated in the Pan Pacific Choral Festival in Hawaii where they received a silver medal and then went on to tour throughout California and Mexico.
Darren has co-written and performed many cabaret shows including Laughing Matters with Lyn Shakespeare (Glen Street Theatre), Old Friends (Showtune Productions) Welcome Aboard (Side on Café), On The Air (Brown Fox productions), Threes Company (Glen Street Theatre), Working a Musical (Pilgrim Theatre), Virtual Unreality (Tilbury, Parramatta Riverside & Glen Street Theatres), Ferrier in the Round (Co-written & performed with Noel Ferrier) and Nowadays (with David Campbell). In 1999 he appeared in his first feature film Neophytes and Neon Lights (Shane T Hall Productions).
LISA ADAM (Sharon Carpenter)
Originally from Perth, Lisa graduated from WAAPA in 1994 with a BA in Musical Theatre before moving to Sydney in 1995, where she became a member of acappella quintet Bite My Chilli. Other cabaret credits include The Adam Hour on P&O Fair Princess and Are You Calling Me Fat?
Her film and television credits include Swinging, Water Rats, Backberner, Heroes Mountain, Life Support, Cushion Kids and Garage Days. Lisa’s theatre work includes Disney Live, Man of La Mancha, The Nutcracker, Debbie Does Dallas, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband and Pearlie in the Park. Most Recently Lisa appeared in Glynn Nicholas' Euro-beat, representing the UK.
Linda Nagle (Writer/Director)
Linda’s extensive theatre credits include a National Tour of Tivoli for the Australian Ballet and
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