Hey Y'all! First post, long time reader! I teach Elementary Drama, and we are preparing for our school musical. This is our 4th production, and every year we have trouble hearing students at one point or another. We have 8 wireless microphones that we will absolutely be using for the show, but there is just no way that every actor that speaks can be mic'd. We also have 4 overhead 'choir' mics, but in my experience, they have been very unhelpful, mostly just picking up noise. My students try, but having an 8 year old that projects is more of an anomaly than it is the standard. We are also in a gymatorium that has massively tall ceilings and concrete walls. We have a pretty nice stage that is not your typical elementary stage. It is 24' wide (at the proscenium) and 16' deep. (5' in front of the proscenium, 11' behind). I have tried putting some SM58s (or similar handheld vocal microphones) in the front of the stage to try to get some more/better coverage to no avail. I wasn't really surprised, but thought I could give it a shot. I've recently been given some advice that some small diaphragm condenser microphones might do the trick. I was suggested a myriad of options within my budget. I have no experience with mics like this. It seems to me that they are mostly used for studio recording, or for mic'ing drums or other instruments, maybe for recording a choir. Rather than suggestions on actual mics, I'm wondering if anyone has experience using them for a production in the way I intend to, which is at the front of the stage, and the pros/cons for this usage. Maybe this isn't the route I need to go, but I don't know either way. Your help would be greatly appreciated! For a bonus thought experiment... What would happen if I took the practically useless choir mics and used them in the front of the stage?