Seabright Morris and Sword
(or lack thereof)
This is a list of things we seem to have to do to keep Seabright going.
It was first prepared during spring of 1995--a time when Seabright
was establishing a self-identity such as it had never had before.
This season saw the
creation of the longswords,
the hobby fish,
and the evolution of a fool and fool's kit.
This list is not authoritative, and it contains some wishful thinking. It
owes a debt to the other Bay Area teams as role models and to Tony
Barrand and Jocelyn Reynolds for their works of scholarship. There
has been no particular time when the team actually worked exactly like
this, and it is permanently out of date.
This list includes various tasks of importance ranging from vital
The relative importance of each of these roles is a matter of
Some important things have probably been omitted, and
likewise some people who are doing these important tasks. Some of
the task distinctions are unclear, some are just ludicrous. Some
things we haven't done enough to be sure what they are all about
or who can do them best.
This should not be taken as absolute
truth or any kind of necessary tradition. We will doubtless
continue to rearrange what we do, who does what, and what's most
important. Some of the folks doing various things would welcome
The actual roles and roleplayers will vary, mingle, and blur depending
on the motivations of various team members.
But it does give some ideas of how we seem
to understand what gets done.
Despite all the details on this list, the dance is what is really
Steve Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Makes final decisions about style points, show dances, and
other artistic concerns as relate to the actual performance of
As above, makes final decisions regarding sword dances
As above, makes final decisions about musical issues.
You get the idea...
(long term + one intense day)
Kathleen Roberts and Colette Aspen
Makes final decisions about the garments we wear while
performing. Coordinate with bag to lay out funds to acquire
bolts of forest green twill as needed. Keeps the pattern(s)
and spare material for the vests. Should really know how to
sew, and should have a sewing machine and access to one or two
more. Figures out when the annual sewing party will be.
Gets people to pay monthly dues. Holds the money. Interacts
with bank account. Ensures that rooms are rented for an
interval extending at least 2 months into the future. Looks
for possible new or cheaper practice sites, and maintains list
of previously known practice sites. Interacts with other
teams who are hosting ales. Reports on cash flow stability or
crises. Respects privacy of those who pay either more or less
than average. Worries about lack of insurance and non-profit
Serves as contact with the external world for all paying gigs.
Sets prices and terms for such performances. Keeps official
calendar for all performances so tours don't get scheduled too
often or on the same day. Publishes the how-to lists and
checklist of things that must be done by anyone who is setting
up a tour. Works closely with Tour Managers and Public
Relations. May delegate some of these tasks to others.
In short, the squire is the business manager who protects the
name and reputation of the team and who makes sure that
all the other things that need to be done get done by somebody.
This requires a pretty good understanding of the strengths of
everybody on the team, and a readiness to pick up the pieces
if a delegated task does not get done.
Contact = Ruth; List Publisher = Steve
Maintains contact with all other members of team for purposes of
collecting and dispersing information about scheduled and
non-scheduled activity. Reports to Fore about who will and
will not be present at a practice. Insures that a mailing/phone
list of team members is kept up to date and published as needed.
Karen, Steve, etc.
Composes and disperses one-page releases of information to the
news media which describe upcoming events. Sends off detailed
information at least 10 days in advance of an event. (For
publications such quarterly calendars the press release for
May 1 sunrise will need to go out months in advance.)
Maintains a list of various publications and community
calendars in which we list ourselves. Works closely with
Tour Managers, Squire and Graphicsmith.
(~3 weeks + one intense day)
anyone who will
Produce tours. Coordinate all communication with any other
teams. Scout for new locations and verifies suitability of
old locations. Contact owners of any private dance sites to
procure permission. Insure that adequate numbers of musicians
and dancers are committed to attend. Verify that adequate
parking is available. Finalize schedule at least 10 days in
advance so that 1) PR is possible and 2) participants know
where to be when. Make maps so that folks from foreign teams
can find places. Warn pub stops and restaurants that we're
coming. (If we are a part of somebody else's show this is
a relatively easy job, if we're setting up the show this
job gets pretty involved.) Tour managers who have a life
should try not to plan two tours less than 3 weeks apart.
(>~ 1 year with intense weeks)
omigawd, we're hosting the 1997 California Ale
Like tour managers but definitely plural and much less sane.
Requires expertise in many things we have never faced:
Finding a camp willing to host dozens to hundreds of morris
dancers. Coordinating transportation of said dancers.
Persuading said camp that the consumption of beer is an
important part of the ritual. Cooperating with dozens of
other teams. Managing of kilobuck sums of money. Getting
permits from civic authorities. Getting insurance.
this means you
At end of any event make sure nobody is too drunk to drive.
Medical Kit Maintainer
Insures that the Seabright medical kit has adequate stocks of
emergency supplies and that it is nearby during practices and
tours. Bag provides funds for purchase of supplies.
Keeps the sticks/swords safe between practices and insures
that they are present at performances. Notifies team of need
to purchase or construct new ones to replace old ones.
Coordinates with bag as needed for funding.
Kathleen Roberts Design
Maintains consistency of the visual image presented in
brochures, gig flyers, letterhead, business cards, etc.
Insures that we have recognizeable visual trademarks.
Forges the swords.
too many to list
Produce all the various and sundry nifty images and artifacts
which become trademarks of the team; e.g., the Seabright logo,
the Seabright umbrella.
several of us
Stand up and show somebody else how to dance. Make occasional
hardcopy handouts with style points. Defer to foreman.
Probably will have acquired know how thru years of experience
and/or attending various workshops at dance camps.
Karen Hellgren and Ruth Temple
Maintains copies of the paper trail left by Seabright. E.g.;
tour posters, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes,
instructional sheets on how-to-dance, etc.
Maintains spare copies of photographs taken during various
performances--possibly in a photo scrap book.
Keeps team meetings safe and sane.
Takes notes on meetings and decisions made therein.
Figures out the bill at the end of the night. Make sure we
leave a tip. Remember who leaves without paying and embarass
Dancers and Musicians
(at every performance)
all of us
Make possible the performance of the magic of the morris.
Smile at the audience; you're having fun!