Ensemble cast, Cross gender casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors
It takes 6 men and 3 women to do the play. There is a little leeway in the doubling, but one actor must play the Prince and Paris, one actor must play the Friar and the Nurse, and one actress must play Benvolio and the Executioner. The production would welcome a small chorus to augment the bigger group numbers.
FRIAR LAURENCE (tenor-baritone)- claims he tried to keep the peace between the Capulets and Montagues, but all his good intentions are met with ruin. His defense is little match for the Prince's prosecution, and he spends the play desperately trying to exonerate himself. The same actor plays Juliet's Nurse, who a. complains a lot and b. thinks she is a lot more desirable than she is.
PRINCE ESCALUS (tenor-baritone) - is good cop and bad cop rolled into one, making it very difficult to win any argument with him. He is intent on remaining in power and is using the Friar's plight as leverage. He has a smiling face and an evil heart. He also plays Paris, who's main attribute is he is a lousy match for Juliet.
ROMEO (tenor) - is lovesick for Rosaline and is subject to fits of crying. He and the Friar are great friends. He and Mercutio are acquaintances, though Mercuito thinks otherwise. With good intentions, he makes some bad choices, ultimately leading to his ruin.
MERCUTIO (tenor-baritone) - is, as Shakespeare said, in love with the sound of his own voice. His lines come from Romeo and Juliet, so the other characters can't understand him. He thinks he's great, but he's kind of lonely, since the other characters try to get away from him. This casting track requires a chamaeleon, as the same actor plays An Officer of the Law, Lord Montague, and the rock and roll Apothecary.
GREGORY (tenor-baritone) - is an illiterate Capulet servant who, while dumb as a post, displays occasional flashes of brillance. The same actor plays Tybalt, who is basically a bully and troublemaker.
LORD CAPULET (bass) - is anxious to marry off Juliet. Drunk, loud, and angry, but kind of a ladies' man.
JULIET (soprano) - is headstrong, smart, and not without a flair for the dramatic. She wants to use Romeo to help annoy her father, but somewhere along the line genuinely falls for him. Also plays her own brother, Sampson, and other small roles.
LADY CAPULET (soprano) - When the role was written, the term MILF didn't exist, but that's what she is. She is trapped in a marriage of convenience that seems like love to her.
BENVOLIO (alto) - Romeo's best friend