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.





Congratulations to everyone who took part in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - Both the cast and the audience had a great time. We are now discussin what we want to do next. We will have dinner and a discussion at the Bull Run Restaurant at 6:00 pm on Wednesday May 27th. All those who pay dues for 2015 are welcome to share their ideas.  





The Lura A. White School Spring Concert will be Wednesday June 17th at 7:00 pm. It will feature songs from FROZEN and MARY POPPINS as well as some current dance music. There will be opportunities for soloists and for students to suggest other songs. The show needs singers and dancers from grades 1-5 and they do not need to attend LAW, as long as they can get to rehearsals by 3:15. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays, until 4:15 pm, starting May 6th. The participation fee of $30 will cover the cost of a show t-shirt.  Registration forms will be available at the LAW school office or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




UKULELE WORKSHOPS  will be held Tuesdays May 19 and 26 and June 2, 16, 23, and 30 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm for a total cost of $20. They will be held in the music room at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. You may bring your own uke or borrow one of ours. Beginners and advanced beginners from grades 4 through teens and adults are welcome to take part. Email us if you are interested. 





SHREK JR will be our summer children's musical. Auditions will be at the end of June and performances will be July 17, 18, 19. Rehearsals will be weekdays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Students entering grade 2, up through age 17 may take part. We will post more details when they are complete.



Some Recent Productions



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.