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Body mikes come into use onstage

Photo caption: The theatre is transformed for Cats, creating greater intimacy between the audience and the cast who populate the junkyard filled with oversized props such as old tires and an old stove.

Body microphones came into widespread use in the 1970’s, and today, any actor who has a speaking or singing solo part will have a body mike.  This means that on some shows, anywhere from 15 to 30 wireless microphones on separate frequencies will be used in a single performance.  Electronic special effects also began to be developed at this time, so that through a single keyboard many different sounds can be duplicated on stage.