I guess I'm fortunate that the amateur theatres I work with are pretty good about projection.
This is the crux of the matter. Not only are kids NOT good projectors, they do not often understand that their lines should be delivered TO THE AUDIENCE. They'll talk softly to each other while facing across the stage. No PCC will have a prayer of useful functionality in such a scenario.If you get kids who'll face forward and speak to the back row of the auditorium, you're very, very lucky.
I use PCC160's for most of the theatre work I do. One theatre I work in regularly has a 50' proscenium, and the apron is a little wider than that. I use 7 PCC160's across the front, spaced about 7-8' apart. I use a compressor and expander on each one, with the expander set to cut down on noise but pick up any voices, and the compressor set with a high ratio that only kicks in when a large ensemble is singing and doesn't need as much PA reinforcement in the house. A parametric or 31 band graphic EQ is a must to get as much level as possible. Insert one on each channel if you can, or a subgroup if you can't.If the scenery allows, I'll add more PCC160's further upstage, since the mics start running out of gas once you get about 15' away from them. I have a total of 14 PCC160's, and I've yet to need more than that.Typically the shows I'm involved with won't accommodate hanging mics for one reason or another, but they do work well if you can get a bunch of them up in the air.Depending on the stage you may need to put some foam under them to isolate them, but I don't usually find it necessary. On a side note, I also use PCC160's for dance shows, they're great for tap.The others are right though, if an actor can't project there's not much you can do for them other than put a headset on them. I guess I'm fortunate that the amateur theatres I work with are pretty good about projection.
If you regularly are having your mics on the wireless fail you have to find out why and fix that problem.
Invest in some skin prep and transpore 3 medical tape. They aren't the only way to go, but all the A2s I respect in the area use it to tape their mics to actors.
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