Being the thoroughly attentive reader of the TFTC Newsletter that you are, you probably noticed a BIG change when this hit your inbox this morning (or when you read the title). After much deliberation, and the counsel of my colleagues, I've elected to push our release date back a day and henceforth publish the newsletter on the FIRST of the month! I know this may come as a shock, and the adjustment might take some getting used to, but if you stick with me, we can and will get through this together. To my new brigade of first-time newsletter readers this month, well, just ignore that. You're gonna love it here.
On to some real news!
Her Sound, Vol. 1
If you haven't heard (you've all heard) Thousand Faced Theatre Company, in association with Ryan Scott Oliver, released Ethan Carlson's new album Her Sound, Vol. 1 on January 15th on all streaming platforms!
Since then, the response has been truly fantastic. Across all services the album is already at almost 4,000 streams after being available for just over 2 weeks! Even Business Manager Matt Schultz's mom has been raving about it! She recently sent a text that read: "Good voices. Lots of talent." (followed by six clapping emojis and one confetti canon emoji).
Here's a snapshot of a few of your beautiful reactions:
From the people who just listened to the livestream release, to those who binge listen to the album everyday (Miranda) we're truly grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us celebrate bringing this brilliant piece of art into the world!
If you haven't listened to it yet:
1) what in the world are you waiting for?
2) go give it a try, you'll probably like it.
3) from option 1, if you were waiting for me to tell you to listen to it, refer to option 2.
In addition to the amazing response Ethan has gotten since Her Sound, Vol. 1's release, he has also been peppered with requests to make the sheet music available for the songs from the album. Lucky for you, he's done just that.
You can visit his website at https://www.ethancarlsonactor.com/sheetmusic where you can purchase all the pieces your heart desires. Each piece is $9.99 USD and will be emailed out within 24 hours of your purchase. Happy singing!
Professional Pretenders Podcast
This morning also marks the release of the Season 1 finale of the Professional Pretenders Podcast! The episode is called Pretending with the Producers and is a discussion with TFTC's own Lera Zamaraeva and Miranda Luze about producing, new work, and the state of live theatre as it stands today. (Also if you're keeping track, that's almost the entirety of TFTC on one podcast).
Over the course of the season, JD, Nathan, and I have (over)shared our thoughts and feelings about topics ranging from revivals to auditioning to representation. We've also had the privilege of bringing on amazing guests Futaba Shioda and Olivia Griffin throughout to share their own insights and perspectives.
If you want to catch up on what we've been chatting about, you can find us at Professional Pretenders Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, and if you're really into it, you can donate to our Patreon and get perks like bonus episodes, personal shout-outs, and more!
After talking about ourselves for the entirety of this newsletter, we wanted to shine a light on a project a colleague of ours, Ben Ranaan, unveiled earlier this fall. Spectrum Shakespeare is a non-profit theatre company with a mission to make dynamic and engaging works for people of the autistic and disabled communities.
Last week they began rehearsals to remount their virtual production of Macbeth with a goal of providing a personal, theatrical experience for at least 65 participants of the autistic/disabled community. Better yet, they're still accepting donations! You can follow this link to donate through Fractured Atlas and help make their vision a reality!
And that is everything I have for you this month! Thank you, as always, for lending me a moment of your day. May February exceed all of our expectations, no matter how low. Just kidding, it's gonna be great!
Be safe and be well,
Matt and TFTC