Just in the past month or so, I've added a few shows to my designer's calendar. The company for which I'm a board member has me doing their July production. That one should be easy, as the director & costumer are going for a basic, contemporary look - no special effects of any sort.
A local company I've been trying to get in with has asked me to design their January show. That one should be easy too - only 4 actors, who will be doing their own hair & makeup. The only thing special I might need to do will be to show 2 of them how to do age makeup. Like next month's show, once the actors know what to do, I can step back & enjoy the process. (Not like Patience, which required special attention every night for a few of the cast members.)
In February I'll be doing The Gondoliers for the one company that actually pays me a design fee. The only possible problem with that one is that I want to audition for it and I learned from The Merry Widow that designing for a show I'm also in can be something of a juggling act. Ah well, first I'll audition and see whether I'm cast; then I'll worry about the juggling.
The show I'm most looking forward to working on, though, is for a community theater company with a reputation for high standards. The play includes a couple of special effects that involve blood. This will be the first time I've worked with stage blood since my stage makeup class 3 years ago. More, I'll have to come up with a way for someone to bleed onstage that a) won't make a mess and b) won't stain costumes. This is gonna be a fun challenge!