Hi~ I got thrown at the last minute into running the board for a school play. All things considered, it went okay, but I'm a musician, not a live sound engineer and I'd like to do better should this happen again. The setup was four Shure mics suspended from the ceiling to about 9-10 feet off the floor. They were in a line across about a third of the way from the front to the back of the stage. The mixer (a Mackie 16 channel) was located offstage - in the back. I had to use headphones to guess at the mixes between recorded music and the kids - I never did hear what it really sounded like out front. The mics were SM58s, and I did the best I could, but had to continuously ride the faders to get the kids' voices and avoid feedback. They evidently had tried some wireless mics in a previous year, but because they had to change costumes (and because they were kids), it didn't work out. So, guys, how is this done in the real world? Shotgun mics? 231 mics placed all about the ceiling? Megaphones? ?!?!?!