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There are many different types of role in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet has six Friends. These are demi-soloist roles.

There is quite a heirarchy of roles within any ballet. Where each role falls within this list depends upon the difficulty of the role and the amount of exposed stage time.

Romeo and Juliet is an excellent ballet with which to illustrate the different roles. Obviously at the top are the principal roles of Romeo and Juliet. Almost every narrative ballet has one main male and one main female role. There are several other principal dancing roles in Romeo and Juliet. These include Romeo's friends, Mercutio and Benvolio.

Because Romeo and Juliet does not include as many divertissements as ballets like Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, there are fewer soloist roles. However, parts like the three Harlots who feature heavily in the two marketplace scenes and have to dance and interact with the principal roles, are soloist roles. The solo dancer in the Mandolin Dance in Act II is also a soloist role.

There are also largely non-dancing principal and soloist roles. These are called character roles and include Friar Laurence, Lord and Lady Capulet and of course, Tybalt. Tybalt for example, is one of the most important characters in the ballet, but does very little dancing, despite spending a lot of time on stage.

Demi-soloist roles are those roles, such as Juliet's six friends, who have significant parts, but have less stage time, or dance in larger groups. The six men who dance the Mandolin dance alongside the soloist are also demi-soloist roles.

The most numerous roles in any ballet are those of the corps de ballet. In Romeo and Juliet, the corps play many roles, sometimes several per dancer. These include the Montague and Capulet men in the fight in Act I, the ballroom guests and the townspeople in Act II. They normally dance in large groups and in formation.

Lastly, Romeo and Juliet includes a host of actors who play small walk-on parts. They are not trained dancers and fill roles such as noblemen and women in the ball room, Escalus's guards, canopy bearers and monks.



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