Our facility is currently hosting a summer camp for children. They are doing some musical numbers for their performances. Being young, not all of them have strong voices or the ability project enough (even for our small playhouse). I wish I had some wireless microphones, but that will be in later budgets. Which got me to thinking - what other alternatives do I have to mic the children? They are currently picking up and using wired microphones. Next year, I would like something better. Would a shotgun microphone work for this application? I could easily mount them in the "light bays (or coves)". Would a parabolic microphone work? Should I just wait for a set of wireless microphones?