The Music

The Script

Hints on handling sound

Hints on auditioning

Handling the Sound
To get the best out of the music, a lot of thought is required. A dedicated sound team is going to be needed to help you. And the more advanced the equipment is, the more know how is required by the sound man.

Individuals who need sound
The feast announcer
Esther
Mordecai
Haman

The basic setup
The most simple (and least attractive idea) is to use mikes with wires. Two mikes would be needed and they would need to be placed down stage, probably on small tables or on mike stands at a low level. Here they can be taken by the different individuals as needed. The chorus when featuring dont need to be miked.

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
If your church already makes use of handheld mikes (at least two of them) is the way to go..The setup will be the same as basic, but as you dont have wires you can add a lot more movement to the dramatical pieces such as 'Come to the feast' and especially 'Hamans Song'

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
This is where the four main singers each are miked separetly using 'lavier mikes' which are little mikes either positioned just in front of their mouths or taped to the side of the face (and hidden with makeup).

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...