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. 

If you are trying to find a performance at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, Mapquest 2 Hospital Road, Shirley MA. 

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

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




The family musical Alice@Wonderlandwill be the fall production of ShirleyArts!. It is the classic Lewis Carroll adventure story with a 21st century twist, having a heroine who is frustrated at the lack of wi-fi reception down the rabbit hole.   This version has many familiar characters and many enjoyable songs and dances. 

Performances will be Friday November 6th at 7:30 pm, Saturday November 7th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday November 8th at 2:30 pm at the Ayer Shirley Middle School.

General Admission tickets are $10 per person and will be available at Hazen Library or at the door. 




The Shirley Children's Traveling Christmas Choir will once again be raising money for the Shirley Friendship Fund. They will perform some of their songs at the Town Tree Lighting in Whiteley Park at 5:00 pm on Sunday November 29th and at the Mall at Whitney Field at a day and time to be determined. The big concert will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday December 13th at the Center Town Hall for $5 admission. Email us for more information.  


Rehearsals for the Community Christmas Concert will start on Tuesday evening November 10th at 7:00 pm at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. Teens, adults, and students from 4th grade and up are eligible to take part. Musical selections include both secular and religious pieces, both traditional and contemporary. If there is enough interest, there will also be a few bell choir selections. A $10 participation fee helps pay for sheet music. The concert will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday December 20th, with $10 admission benefitting the Loaves and Fishes food pantry.  Please email us if you would like to take part. 



Some Recent Productions


We were thrilled with the youth theater production of Shrek Jr. The children showed us great singing, dancing, and acting and the audiences were smiling and laughing and throoughly enjoying themsleves.  


Our annual June Concert at the Lura A. white School showcased old and new songs and dances including a medley from Frozen and another from Mary Poppins.   


Congratulations to the cast of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for three fantastic performances. They were a delight to the eye and to the ear. 


For those who missed our spring UKULELE WORKSHOPS - we will definitely have more of these in the fall and/or winter. 


In June we helped direct and produce an original play which was written by three second grade students at the Lura A. White School who starred in the leading roles. The girls cast their friends in supporting roles and rehearsed weekly until it was all ready to go on the stage.  


The 4th grade students at Lura A. White School performed a musical called Test Taking Skills in March and the 5th grade students performed Bullies Anonymous in April. Every student in each grade had to learn songs and movements, and many of them had to memorize lines to say. They did a great job performing in front of parents and all the other students at the school. They also learned some good test taking strategies and some good social skills, which they passed on to their classmates.  


Last November,  FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW gave a wonderful performance and the folks who took the afternopon a cappella class had a ball. Look for photos on our facebook page. Many folks are hoping we will bring the group back again. Hmmm - could be.


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




December 2014


At the COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT to benefit Loaves and Fishes, our performers did a wonderful job and our audience donated over $600 to this great charity.


The Shirley Children's Traveling Christmas Choir performed at the Town Tree Lighting and at the Mall at Whitney Field food court and raised $500 for the Shirley Friendship Fund.





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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,
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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 2015 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, and Kathryn Lyon. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.