We are about to do Les Mis School's Edition and I have the lovely job of doing the sound. However, looking for some advice. This is the Orchestra... all single instrumentalists unless stated. Keys 1 Keys 2 Acoustic/Electric Guitar Bass Guitar Violin 1 Violin 2 x2 Viola x 2 Cello Flute Clarinet Oboe/Cor Anglais Bassoon Trombone Horn 1 Horn 2 Trumpet 1 Trumpet 2 Drumkit 2 x Timpani Sax (Sax is also doing percussion) Xylophone Glockenspiel Bongos Assorted Percussion - Bell tree, tam tam, sleigh bells, windchimes, triangle, tambourine First conundrum is the small amount of space. The show is being performed in Traverse, with the audience on raked seating up from ground level. The orchestra is being hidden at ground level underneath staging. The space is 14m long, and 2m wide, except at the centre 2m where it extends forward to 4m and 2m either side of that where it extends to 3m. Hope you can picture that. I am using a soundcraft 32channel analog mixer with 6 aux outs And have a Yamaha 01V as well. I also need to accomodate 16 radio mics, A stereo sound effects feed, and 4 channels of mics which will pick up the chorus. The first time I compiled my mic list I ran out of channels and microphones! My only loom has only 16 sends, and I need at least 1 of the returns for vocal foldback for the conductor. I could of course run single cables as well. So... my conundrum is how to mic this orchestra, as I really can't mic them individually. I need to get a good feed, as believe the staging will deaden the sound somewhat and also for continuity of sound. Additionally, I need to home 16 radio mics I have some padded noticeboards which I am going to use to try and contain the drum and percussion section from the audience as some of them will be sitting right next to them. So.... any thoughts?