The chorus is a group of people (or sometimes even one person) who recite(s) the prologue/introduction to each act in Shakespeare's plays. In Romeo and Juliet, the prologue and introductions are all in sonnet form. The prologue to Romeo and Juliet simply gives a sense of what the play is about, and the introductions to the rest of the acts sort of summarise what is to come as well. I guess the chorus is sort of like an overture in an opera; it sets the mood. Also, because the audience in Shakespeare's day was so rude and often extremely noisy, the prologue actually tells the audience to be quiet and pay attention.
The chorus at the beginning of Act IV links the action in the first half of the play, Acts I to III with that of the last two acts. "Impute it not a crime to me or my swift passage", says the chorus, "that I slide o'er sixteen years, and leave the growth untried of that wide gap". In a movie you might have the years whirling by on a calendar, or a CGI speed up of something getting old, or even a title card saying "Sixteen Years Later . . ." Shakespeare uses a chorus.
The chorus in Romeo and Juliet is one person. Although a director could decide to have more than one person saying the chorus's lines, it was not designed that way. The function of the Chorus in Greek drama was to comment on what was going on in the play, and consisted of a group or groups of people. Shakespeare retained the function but not the form; his chorus comments on the action but does not consist of a group of people.
The cast of Joseph 2000 - 2000 includes: Leesa Aldrich as Child Chorus Terri Armstrong as Child Chorus Bridget Askey as Child Chorus Jordin Barber as Child Chorus Narita Beckett as Chorus Ashleigh Blummont as Child Chorus Fiona Boddy as Child Chorus Lynne Burgess as Chorus Doug Cardiff as Simeon Oliver Carr as Child Chorus Kylie Chapman as Child Chorus Hannah Cocks as Child Chorus Shane Cortese as Pharaoh Sarah Cousins as Child Chorus Kathi Craig as Mrs. Potiphar Josh Crayford as Child Chorus Janine Deller as Chorus Edward Dever as Child Chorus Hamish Drake as Child Chorus Claire Duncan as Child Chorus Helen Durham as Child Chorus Maruna Engu as Chorus Glen Eustace as Chorus Samantha Feyen as Child Chorus Jessie Feyen as Child Chorus Annika Feyen as Chorus Candice Forster as Child Chorus Charlotte Frith as Child Chorus Roger Gannon as Chorus Andrew Gore as Chorus Keri Harper as Narrator Ashleigh Holmes as Child Chorus Innes Jephson as Benjamin Jane Kensington as Child Chorus Maryanne Kensington as Chorus Rebakah Love as Chorus Andrea Lundy as Chorus Blair Macbeth as Isaachar Rachel Meurk as Child Chorus Steph Milne as Chorus Elyse Moore as Child Chorus Bob Nicholls as Chorus Shane Nieuwkoop as Child Chorus Kane Parsons as Asher Barry Pilcher as Chorus Megan Pirret as Child Chorus Anna Potton as Child Chorus Sophie Prebble as Child Chorus Crystal Redshaw as Child Chorus Antony Riley as Chorus Emily Roper as Child Chorus Nathalie Rosenbrook as Child Chorus Stephanie Rowe as Child Chorus Chanel Saunders as Child Chorus Steve Sayer as Levi Corbyn Scott as Child Chorus Shaun Taiaki as Judah Sonny Tamati as Child Chorus Melissa Thake as Child Chorus Judith Thomas as Chorus Jerome Winterburn as Joseph
The cast of The Trio of Minuet - 2003 includes: Christine Adame as Chorus of Townspeople Joel Alvarado as Waiter Katie Arbuckle as Chorus of Jokesters Robbie Baker as Waiter Jennifer Banister as Chorus of Eaters Ashley Basten as Chorus of Townspeople Allie Battocletti as Chorus of Singers Valerie Benakis as Chorus of Townspeople Abigail Berger as Chorus of Sleepers Katie Beth Watson as Chorus of Townspeople Haylie Black as Chorus of Townspeople Tyler Blount as Chorus of Sleepers Anna Boch as Chorus of Townspeople Kimberly Bredehoeft as Chorus of Singers Rochelle Briccoe as Chorus of Townspeople Jocelyn Brousseau as Chorus of Townspeople Brittanie Brune as Chorus of Eaters Kathryn Brunton as Chorus of Singers Stephani Burgess as Chorus of Eaters Elizabeth Burkholder as Chorus of Singers Megan Byers as Chorus of Townspeople Michelle Caudie as Chorus of Sleepers Josiah Cavanaugh as Chorus of Jokesters Philine Cheng as Chorus of Townspeople Tessa Click as Chorus of Sleepers Tara Cody as Chorus of Singers Hunter Corben as Chorus of Townspeople Lauren Cottingham as Chorus of Townspeople Andrew Cronk as Waiter Matthew Crossen as Chorus of Sleepers Joey Crune as Chorus of Eaters Megan Dearth as Chorus of Eaters Rachel Deremiah as Chorus of Singers Erica Dickerson as Chorus of Townspeople Emma Diebold as Chorus of Sleepers Paige Dowe as Chorus of Singers Kelley Dragoo as Chorus of Eaters Cori Drummer as Chorus of Jokesters Jeff Edenberg as Waiter Jessica Elmore as Chorus of Townspeople Samuel Elmore as Waiter Sara Ferriell as Chorus of Townspeople Jannica Ferry as Chorus of Sleepers Jessica Finchum as Moyra the Mayor Benton Fletcher as Chorus of Singers Amanda Fletcher as Philomena the Philosopher Sean Freese as Chorus of Townspeople Katie Gasiorowski as Chorus of Singers Elizabeth Gawthrop as Chorus of Townspeople Nickia Gibson as Chorus of Townspeople Anthony Gipson as Waiter Billy Gosnell as Chorus of Townspeople Bryce Greider as Waiter Paul Grubbs as Chorus of Sleepers Robert Hailey as Chorus of Townspeople Erin Handy as Chorus of Eaters Rachel Heinhuis as Chorus of Eaters Bethany Hensley as Chorus of Townspeople Ashley Hermanson as Chorus of Eaters Stephanie Hinkle as Chorus of Eaters Danielle Hurt as Babysitter Sophia Jacobs as Chorus of Singers Elizabeth Jamison as Chorus of Singers Moriah Justin as Susie Drew Kanzler as Chorus of Singers Josh Karnek as Chorus of Eaters Caryl King as Chorus of Singers Philip Kirk as Chorus of Townspeople Page Kirkpatrick as Chorus of Jokesters Alex Kohne as Chorus of Sleepers Nicholas Kohne as Waiter Amy LaGrange as Chorus of Singers Krista Langtermar as Chorus of Singers Alice Laramore as Chorus of Singers Brent Lasher as Chorus of Townspeople Megan Lehman as Chorus of Eaters Emily Loeb as Turnip Hannah Lutgring as Chorus of Townspeople Emily Mansfield as Chorus of Townspeople Jacob Mason as Chorus of Eaters Samuel McKanney as Chorus of Jokesters Melissa McMahan as Waitress 1 Mindy Meurer as Doh Patrick Meyer as Chorus of Townspeople Katie Moberg as Chorus of Eaters Dan Molitor as Chorus of Townspeople Corrina Morris as Chorus of Singers Anne Moss as Chorus of Eaters Ben Moy as Waiter Lyndsey Moy as Waitress 2 Elliot Nelson as Chorus of Eaters Jared Norman as Chorus of Sleepers Lauren Overhage as Chorus of Eaters Sarah Paetzmanm as Chorus of Singers Victoria Patterson as Chorus of Singers Jonathan Patton as Chorus of Eaters James Patton as Dervish the Dance Instructor Kaitlin Peine as Chorus of Singers Sara Prichett as Susie Lindsay Quyle as Chorus of Townspeople Abby Ray as Chorus of Sleepers Alyssa Reeves as Chorus of Singers Betsy Reiff as Chorus of Singers Nadia Robinson as Madolyn Leela Rothenberg as Turnip Adrienne Runge as Chorus of Townspeople Chisato Sakamoto as Chorus of Singers Amy Sato as Chorus of Singers Lauren Schelle as Chorus of Singers Megan Schmoll as Chorus of Singers Sharla Scott as Chorus of Townspeople Toure Scott as Susie Stephen Sherrill as Waiter Audra Sloan as Chorus of Singers Janie Smith as Chorus of Sleepers Rose Soliven as Chorus of Singers Mollie Tavel as Chorus of Singers Chelsea Templeton as Chorus of Sleepers Brittany Thomas as Chorus of Sleepers Felicia Tilford as Chorus of Jokesters Brianna Tull as Chorus of Townspeople Lee Wadlington as Waiter Chelsea Walker as Chorus of Townspeople Ben Waters as Chorus of Eaters Monika Wathen as Chorus of Townspeople Anna Wendt as Chorus of Sleepers Elise Whitaker as Chorus of Jokesters Eliza Woodyard as Chorus of Eaters Allison Wootan as Chorus of Eaters Kara Wright
The cast of The Mikado - 1967 includes: Glyn Adams as Chorus Peggy Ann Jones as Pitti-Sing George Cook as Go-To Katherine Dyson as Chorus Mercia Glossop as Chorus Neville Grave as Chorus Abby Hadfield as Chorus John Hugill as Chorus Thomas Lawlor as Pish-Tush Peter Lodwick as Chorus Gordon Mackenzie as Chorus Susan Maisey as Chorus Jennifer Marks as Chorus Marian Martin as Chorus Ralph Mason as Chorus Valerie Masterson as Yum-Yum Norma Millar as Chorus Alfred Oldridge as Chorus Christene Palmer as Katisha Alison Parker as Chorus Philip Potter as Nanki-Poo Anthony Raffell as Chorus David Rayson as Chorus John Reed as Ko-Ko Vera Ryan as Chorus Abigail Ryan as Chorus Kenneth Sandford as Pooh-Bah Anne Sessions as Chorus Anna Vincent as Chorus Pauline Wales as Peep-Bo John Webley as Chorus Howard Williamson as Chorus
The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar - 1972 includes: Tintoy Carolyn Boyd as Chorus Peter Chambers as Chorus Francisco Cruz Janet Dearlove as Chorus Noel Evans as Chorus Beverly Evans as Chorus Barry Ferrier as Chorus Jojo Fowler Amalia Fuentes Safanya Gee as Chorus Donna Gilbertson as Chorus Janine Griffith as Chorus Phillip Hobbins as Chorus Frank Howson as Stage Attendant The Juan dela Cruz Band Richard Kaal as Chorus Ike Lozada Julia Lyndon as Chorus Suzanne Moore as Chorus Gabriel Paile Anthony Pons Jerry Pons Tony Rose as Chorus Colin Setches as Chorus Jim Sharman as himself Rosa Shiels as Chorus Shayna Stewart as Chorus Bonnie Truex as Chorus
The Glyndebourne Chorus has: Played Chorus in "Idomeneo" in 1974. Played Chorus in "Don Giovanni" in 1978. Played Chorus in "La Cenerentola" in 1983. Played Chorus in "Idomeneo" in 1983. Played Chorus in "Arabella" in 1984. Played Chorus in "La clemenza di Tito" in 1991. Played Chorus in "Theodora" in 1996. Played Chorus in "Manon Lescaut" in 1997. Played Chorus in "Carmen" in 2002. Played Chorus in "Giulio Cesare, Opera in Three Acts" in 2006. Played Chorus in "Falstaff" in 2009. Played Chorus in "Don Giovanni" in 2010.
Romeo and Juliet is a play and not a novel. Most of what we know about them comes from what other people in the play say about them, but when a character says something, it is the character talking, not Shakespeare. Tybalt describes Romeo as a "villain" but that is how Tybalt sees it, not how Shakespeare saw it, nor how most of the audience is going to see it.The closest we come to an objective viewpoint in any of Shakespeare's plays is when there is a chorus. The purpose of the chorus is generally to explain the situation at the beginning of a play or scene, especially where there has been some significant time or place change that will not become clear from the dialogue. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's plays where he uses this device. The Chorus describes the couple as "a pair of star-crossed lovers". As famous as this line is, all it really tells us is that Romeo and Juliet are in love and they are going to have bad luck. It's not much of a description really, but that was not the purpose of the Chorus anyway.
The cast of Oedipus Rex - 1957 includes: Roland Bull as Chorus Naomi Cameron as Ismene Douglas Campbell as Oedipus Robert Christie as Chorus Ted Follows as Chorus David Gardner as Chorus Bruno Gerussi as Chorus Robert Goodier as Creon Roland Hewgill as Chorus Edward Holmes as Chorus William Hutt as Chorus Leader James Manser as Chorus Louis Negin as Chorus Douglas Rain as Creon Grant Reddick as Chorus William Shatner as Chorus Eleanor Stuart as Jocasta Bruce Swerdfager as Chorus Gertrude Tyas as Nurse Tony Van Bridge as Man From Corinth Neil Vipond as Chorus
The cast of La Traviata - 2006 includes: Anna Alkhimova as Annina Los Angeles Opera Chorus as Chorus Stephen Arel as Chorus - Tenors Mark Beasom as Chorus - Basses Andrea Beasom as Dancers Natalie Beck as Chorus - Altos Piotr Beczala as Alfredo Sarah Bloxham as Chorus - Altos Christina Borgioli as Chorus - Sopranos Aleta Braxton as Chorus - Altos Renato Bruson as Giorgio Germont Reid Bruton as Chorus - Basses Veronica Christenson as Chorus - Altos Justine Clark as Dancers James Conlon as Himself - Conductor Lisa Crave as Chorus - Sopranos James Creswell as Doctor Grenvil Mark David Miller as Chorus - Tenors Julian Fielder as Chorus - Basses Michelle Fournier as Chorus - Altos James Guthrie as Chorus - Tenors Thomas Hampson as Germont Robert Hovencamp as Chorus - Basses Katrina Jade as Dancers Aaron James Cash as Dancers Mark Kelley as A Messenger John Kimberling as Chorus - Tenors Philip Kraus as Baron Duphol Samantha Livingston as Dancers Francis Lucaric as Chorus - Tenors Christine Lynn Lawrence as Chorus - Sopranos Maryanne Mancini as Chorus - Sopranos Donna Marie Covert as Chorus - Altos Eva Mei as Violetta Daniel Montenegro as Gastone Adrien Raynier as Chorus - Altos John Reinebach as Chorus - Basses David Schnell as Chorus - Basses Lillian Sengpiehl as Chorus - Sopranos Christine Sorenson as Chorus - Sopranos Rebecca Tomlinson as Chorus - Sopranos Arthur Wand as Chorus - Basses Anne Winfree as Dancers
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