Supporting and promoting the visual and performing arts for education and enjoyment

We are located in Shirley, a small town in north central Massachusetts, only an hour west of Boston.

Our mailing address is ShirleyArts! PO Box 49, Shirley, MA 01464.

You can also contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also look for us on our Facebook page.


Please join us for the following amateur and professional classes, events,and performances.


In case of questionable weather, check this spot for possible event cancellations.







FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW , Boston's all-vocal rock band, will bring a cappella to Shirley on Saturday November 15th. See From 2:00 - 4:00 pm there will be an a cappella workshop for $10 per person and participants will be part of the evening show. Reserved seat tickets for the 7:00 pm concert, front and center, cost $15 per person. Tickets at the door will be general admission in the back and sides. Everything is at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road in Shirley.

Good news - we are now able to take credit cards as well as cash and checks. 

It is now Thursday and too late to mail payments, but you can email charge card information or pay at the door.

Please email for a ticket form to - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





A Shirley History Video Project - meeting at the Shirley Historical Society Museum, Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, from now through December 15th.  This is for ages 10 through adult. We need people who are already or who want to learn how to be - researchers, writers, directors, actors, and videographers. We will produce a series of short videos on local history topics that interest the participants. Please email for a registration form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



This year, the Shirley Children's Traveling Christmas Choir will perform on Friday December 12th at the Center Town Hall at 7:00 pm. Admission will be $5 per person to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund. They will also sing at the Town Tree lighting on November 30th at 5:00 pm, and at the Mall at Whitney Field on a date to be determined. Rehearsals for students in grade 2-5 have started from 3 - 4 pm, every Wednesday, at the Lura A. White School.


The COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT choir will rehearse Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 pm starting October 28th. The bell choir will rehearse 6-7 pm on Tuesdays. They will perform Sunday December 14th at 2:00 pm at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. The $10 admission will  benefit Loaves and Fishes.



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We want to do the family musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - rehearsing March and April, on Sundays from 4:00 - 8:00 and Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 for chorus members, and performing May 1, 2, 3. Please let us know if you are interested, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  




Some Recent Productions



This summer's children's musical was Little Mermaid Jr. and it was a great success with a lrge appreciative audience. Look for photos on our facebook page. Thanks go to the Shirley Cultural Council for helping to support this production.




World Music in song, dance, and percussion was presented by students from grades one through four at the Lura A. White School this June and the audience loved it. Nice job everyone.



In April, the Lura A. White School 5th grade students did a wonderful job on their production of Munchkin Mediation. This musical featured all the characters from Oz and helped teach ways to avoid conflict and solve disagreements.


Fifty Kindergarten and First Grade Students did a great job at their Music and Movement performances in March. They played the sticks and sang and danced on the stage and on the floor with their families. 


Congratulations to the Cast of   The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel  The audience said you were "adorable" and they left with smiles on their faces. What more could we ask? THANK YOU to all the parents who helped with costumes, props, scenery, tickets, refreshments, and supervision. We REALLY could not have done it without you


The COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT to benefit Loaves and Fishes  was Sunday December 22nd.  It included an adult choir, a children's chorus, a bell choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and dancing. Our performers did a wonderful job and our audience  donated $690 for this great charity.




The Shirley Children's Traveling Christmas Choir performed at the Town Tree Lighting on December 1st and at the Mall at Whitney Field food court on Thursday December 5th.  Their final concert was at the Bull Run Restaurant for Supper-and-a-Show December 15th. These children raised a total of $655 for the Shirley Friendship Fund. Great job kids !!!



Thank you to everyone who performed or watched BAH HUMBUG! We were very pleased with the results of all our hard work and with the response of the community. Go to our facebook page for photos.




The WONDERFUL summer children's musical was WILLY WONKA JR. A photo album is posted on our facebook page.

Thank you for a great job to all the cast members and thank you to all the parents who helped with costumes, props, scenery and other tasks. It was a great team effort.




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Warning - Please do not go by mapquest! For accurate directions to the Shirley Middle School, where many of our events take place, click here.

Possibilities - If you know a professional or amateur class or performance that you would like to see brought to Shirley, please tell us about it. For a production proposal form,contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


SCHOLARSHIPS to arts events and arts classes are available upon request. Refreshment sales at performances fund the scholarships.

Some ShirleyArts! productions receive financial support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the local Shirley Cultural Council. This help is much appreciated.

For a Historyof our past productions,
Click Here.

For membership information, Click Here.

Note that we are a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation and all your donations are tax-deductible.

Officers for ShirleyArts!for 2013 are President and Treasurer John Rounds, Artistic Director Meredith Marcinkewicz, Secretary Laurie Marcinkewicz, and Board Members Kathy Ellis, Roy Ellis, Deb Goodwin, Vicky Landry,Julia Pampinella,  Nancy Sawyer, Lucy Arrigo, and Kathryn Lyon. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.