Microphones

Please review the following procedures when wearing a microphone:

  • Please show gratitude and respect to the volunteers who will be helping you with the mics.

  • Please be considerate to the feelings of those who are not wearing microphones.

  • You will receive an elastic waistband with your costume that will support the weight of your microphone pack. It is to be worn underneath your costume. The waistband must be put on prior to arriving at dress rehearsals & performances and returned at the company party to be used for future productions. Bike shorts will be provided for modesty purposes as needed.

  • An adult opens the appropriate bag and puts the mic headset on the actor's head and pack on the actor's waistband.

  • DON'T TOUCH! Actors are not to touch the microphone pack, tip, or wire.

  • Trained volunteers will make certain everything is working properly for you. We have several volunteers at every show dedicated to this, identified by wearing black aprons that read “MICROPHONE”. They will talk you through the process as they are setting up or removing your mics so that you understand the process.

  • Your mic pack should have the little green light on the top - you are allowed to look only. If the light at the top of the mic pack is red or off, calmly tell one of the mic volunteers right away.

  • No rough-housing or running or wrestling after you get your mic on.

  • We will then do a Mic Check, where all actors' microphones are confirmed working from the soundboard. This happens on stage prior to each performance.

  • The sound engineers will be at soundboard at the back of the house. They can see if your body-pack is on and if the batteries are good.

  • The sound engineers control muting from the board. NEVER mute the button on the pack. If you do, the techs can't fix it from the board. If your mic is muted, there is no way to fix it and you will not be heard for that entire performance.

  • DON'T TALK or whisper in the wings. We unmute the mics before you go on stage so that we don't miss your lines, which means if you talk in the wings you will be heard by the audience and interrupt the show. Staying quiet ensures that the audience doesn’t hear extra chatter and helps others hear cues and calls.

  • DO NOT REMOVE your mic or anyone else's. After each event, you will be dismissed in small groups to the backstage mic area, where trained mic volunteers wearing black aprons that read “MICROPHONE” will carefully remove the body-pack, headset, and waistband so they don't get damaged and so that they can be used in the next show.

  • We all want to leave quickly after performances but we need you to be patient during the microphone removal process so that none of them get damaged.

Wearing a microphone is a privilege and with that comes responsibility. We trust that you will follow these guidelines to ensure the best possible experience for everyone; Anyone who cannot may lose microphone privilege for performances.