The Pirates of Penzance

Join a merry band of pirates & a very modern Major-General for a swashbuckling good time!

Yo ho ho! What’s yer pirate name? Discover it below or download and share the pirate name flyer with all your mateys, whether they be scallywags or seadogs.

You’ll find digital assets to use in social media and send to others, along with dates, contact, and pricing information.

We encourage you to share with schools, music and theatre groups, and friends and family.

Parody the Patter of the Major-General Verse Contest 

Submit a four-line verse for a chance to hear your libretto sung by a cast member. 

The four lines of libretto are up to you to craft!  

  • You may choose to alter the aria with content personal to you, relative to Louisville, or any witty patter that brings you joy. 
  • You can use “I am the very model of a modern Major-General” as the first or last line, but you don’t have to!  

I am the very model of a Modern Major-General, 
I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral, 
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical, 
From Marathon to Waterloo in order categorical 

  • There are four-line verses that don’t mention the modern major-general. For example: 

I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical
About binomial theorem I am teeming with a lot o’ news
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse 

  • We recommend you sing the refrain to get the cadence in your head as you’re composing. 

Message us on Instagram or Facebook, or with your submission by February 11. The winning witty patter will be selected and premiere on social media before the February 16 opening night of The Pirates of Penzance 

What’s Your Pirate Name?

First Letter of Your First Name

A Jolly
B Pegleg
C Mad
D Squidlips
E Scallywag
F Smelly
G Beardy
H Codswallop 
I Stinky  
J Buccaneer   
K Rapscallion  
L Ol’ 
M Captain 
N Skipper 
O Bossy 
P Rusty 
Q Shivvers 
R Patchy 
S Silly  
T Grizzly 
U Peg Leg 
V Two Toes 
W Dirty 
X Mad 
Y Bloody 
Z Red 

Last Letter of Your Last Name 

A Creeper 
B Jim 
C Storm 
D John 
E Bones  
F George 
G Bob 
H Rat 
I Jack 
J Bucko  
K Numbskull 
L Timbers 
M Spike
N Wobbly Legs 
O Cackle 
P Seaweed 
Q Silver 
R Yellow Belly 
S Ed 
T Patch 
U Fluffbucket 
V Seasnake 
W Fishface 
X Morgan 
Y Plankwalk 
Z Stripy 

Month You Were Born 

January McSpittoon 
February O’Fish 
March From the West 
April Sparrow 
May Of the Coast 
June Jones 
July Bart 
August McScurvey 
September Patches 
October Long Beard 
November Grumpy Snout 
December Hook 


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