As a preface, I'm not a sound pro--more like a hobbyist who is getting a bit more serious about all of this (and who loves the tech). That out of the way, my wife is an elementary school teacher. Each year they put on a play for which the first and second-graders perform a play, sing songs, and do a bit of dancing. Last year the school was in a temporary space while the new school building was built and so lousy audio was forgiven. This year they are in their new school and they've got a beautiful theater which has decent speakers and a board but no mics. For the play this year a parent brought in a handful of handheld mics and some stands. It was woefully insufficient (though it was nice of them to try). That gives me a year to figure out how best to mic the munchkins. I was thinking about renting equipment next year and then if we like it, purchasing for the following year. I read this thread, but it seems more focused on bigger/older kids. On the other hand the complaints on that thread about PZMs and boundary mics might not apply to little ones as they would be closer to the stage and might be picked up a bit better (or am I giving boundary and PZM mics too much credit?). Understanding that as deep as I'd like my pockets to be they are not without end (so in terms of PZMs and boundary mics, while AKG/Crown and Sanken may be within range, Schoeps probably isn't), what is the best way to mic the kiddos? Thanks!