Seattle Opera celebrates general director Speight Jenkins' 25th anniversary season with a new production of Strauss' Elektra in repertory October 18 to November 1, with sets by Wolfram Skalicki as originally created for the Canadian Opera Company, costumes by Melanie Burgess, and lighting by Marcus Dohsi, both in their company debut…Since winning the Live Design/USITT Rising Star Award last year, sound designer Elisheba Ittopp has been busy, from sitting at a tech table at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, assisting resident sound designer, Clay Benning on Radio Golf, to going to the Children's Theatre of Charlotte where she designed Peter Pan to kick off their 61st season, then to DC for her Kennedy Center debut with Mermaids, Monsters, and the World Painted Purple on October 11. From there she goes directly to Baltimore to begin assisting Acme Sound Partners on Bernstein's Mass, which will bring her to NYC for their Carnegie Hall performance…Award-winning costume designer Vinilla Burnham has launched The Little Costume Shop, a collection of costume miniatures made to order and sold individually in limited editions…Dance takes center stage at the 2008 Next Wave Festival at BAM with the NYC premiere of Awakenings by Australia's Bangarra Dance Theatre, October 21 to 25, with set design by Peter England, lighting design by Nick Schlieper and Joseph Mercurio, and costume design by Gabriela Tylesova and Jennifer Irwin. Also at BAM is “Steve Reich Evening,” October 22 to 25, featuring Rosas, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's dynamic company, with sound design by Alexandre Fostier, lighting design by Remon Fromont, with additional set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, and costume design by Tim Van Steenbergen and Dries Van Noten. Next Wave theatre offerings include the US premiere of Sunken Red by Toneelhuis (BE) & Ro Theater (NL), with set, video, and lighting design by Peter Misotten, sound design by Diederik De Cock, video design by Arjen Klerkx, and costumes by Katelijne Damen…design one has taken on two new partners, entertainment lighting partner Guy Smith and architectural partner Brian Orter…For the first time under the leadership of artistic director Bonnie J. Monte, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presented A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, with performances September 10 to October 5, with set design by Harry Feiner, costume design by Hugh Hanson, lighting design by Bruce Auerbach, and sound design by Karin Greybash…Stages St. Louis presented the final show of its 2008 season, Meredith Willson's The Music Man on October 5, with artistic director Michael Hamilton, choreography by Dana Lewis, musical direction by Al Fischer, scenic design by Mark Halpin, costume design by Dorothy Marshall-Englis, lighting design by Matthew McCarthy, and orchestral design by Stuart M. Elmore…London's new musical Turkish Delight the Opera finished its third run at the Rosemary Branch Theatre on August 30, with James Wallace as scenographer, Ric Lipson as the scenographic consultant, and Fran Levin as stage manager.