Putting a Face on Theatre
So here is what you've got... 25 or so 3rd and 4th graders putting on a production at a school. All of the parents are there to see their child shine like a star, video phones and ipads out ready to capture the moment of a lifetime. The problem is and has always been, you tend to be watching a silent film as you can never hear them. Now the situation I am in now is that we are running about 21 wireless Shure body mics for each student. They are not the best quality, and half of them don't seem to work once they leave our hands. The channels on the board are almost maxed to hopefully catch a glimmer of what they are saying, but for the most part its hopeless. We have 3 ok mics sitting in front of the stage that don't seem to pick up anything unless the child decides to go over and put is mouth right on top of it. We are willing to buy some new equipment, but there has got to be a way to over all hear those cute little children. Overhead mics don't seem to work that well, they just talk right past them, and since we go from school to school we can't really hang them. Has any one come up with the miracle solution? Other than the one child whos mic happens to work at the wrong moment and they say "is it done yet" over the speaker speaker system I can never seem to make it work. Any thoughts?