The Music The Script
Handling the Sound
Individuals who need sound
The basic setup
Obviously in Hamans song - you dont want to pass the mike from one person to another so Haman and Moredcai must each have their own mikes, the same with 'You can make a difference'
The intermediate setup
Haman needs to walk around the stage as he sings...Its a domination song, and he needs to show dominance as the different people bow down as he comes nearer to them. He cannot move properly if he is trailing a wire.
Mordecai of course wont be moving during the song.....
Of course wireless is best used if your sound team is very familiar with the mikes. The drama cant stop because there is a sound issue so a lot more care needs to be placed in this area. Its a good idea to have a backup mike a little off stage if needed - even with a wire- in case of problems during performance. If a singers mike starts to fail they just grab the backup mike.
(Most musicals have a sound emergency at some time so expect the unexpected)
The advanced setup
These types of mikes cost a forturne so they would normally be hired for the performance. The only problem is getting them all to work properly needs a dedicated sound man (who is really interested in the project)
The most important thing is a a soundcheck in advance of the service, another sound check five minutes before the production, where everyone puts on the device and the sound man checks the levels, and dont forget a backup handheld mike somewhere thats accessible...