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. That is where you will find many photos of past productions.

If you are trying to find a performance at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, Mapquest 1 Hospital Road, Shirley MA. WARNING - If you go to some mapping programs, they will take you to the High School in Ayer instead of the Middle School in Shirley. Do not believe them. Just use the street address.

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.  If classes are cancelled for Ayer Shirley Middle School, we will not be able to use the building that evening.

 


 

 

 

 

UPCOMING ACTIVITES

 

The ShirleyArts! summer youth theater production will be Honk Jr. and we are encouraging students leaving grade two up through middle school and high school to audition.

The story is based on the Aesop’s fable of the Ugly Duckling and it explores the experience of feeling different from your peers. The themes of parenthood and who-do-you-trust are also covered within the tale. There are four main character soloists for experienced teens, fourteen supporting roles, and ten other chorus parts.

Everyone who auditions, and is willing to work hard, will be assigned a role.

Auditions will be Tuesday June 19th 3:30 – 6:00 pm and 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Ayer Shirley Middle School cafeteria. Students may come to either audition. Please be prompt. Auditioners will be taught a brief song and dance to show what they can do. They will also be asked to read from the script.

Rehearsals will be from 1:00 – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday for the first three weeks of July. There will not be a rehearsal on July 4th. Performances will be July 20 and 21 at 7:00 pm and July 22 at 2:00 pm.

Tuition is $125, but scholarship help will be available.

Contact Director Meredith Marcinkewicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

 

RECENT ACTIVITIES

The ShirleyArts! version of the Steven Schwartz musical - GODSPELL had great singing, dancing, and story-telling. 

Thank you to all who took part and all who sat in the audience. It was a wonderful experience.

 

 

  Children’s Touring Christmas Choir

 They sang on November 26th at the Town Christmas Tree Lighting

And at the Mall at Whitney Field, in the food court, December 1st.

The last performance to a standing-room-only crowd included their Nativity Pageant, on December 10th at the Church Fellowship Hall, corner of Harvard and Lancaster Roads.

The children raised a total of $719 to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund

 

Community Christmas Concert

These teens and adults performed with choral singing, instrumentals, solos, dances, plus music by the Shirley Bell Choir.

 This performance raised over $620 for Loaves and Fishes.

 

    

The ShirleyArts! summer children's musical was Madagascar Jr. and the audiences loved it. The sets, costumes, dances, and harmonies were all wonderful. 28 children took part, 22 adults helped out, and 240 audience members motivated the performers to do their best. Look on our facebook page for a collection of photos. 

 

 

Our Spring Concert of Music From Broadway Shows. was a great success. The performers had a wonderful time and the audience was thoroughly entertained. Thank you to all who took part and to all who came to watch.

 

 

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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,
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 2018 are President Roy Ellis, Treasurer Kathryn Lyon, Artistic Director Meredith Marcinkewicz, Secretary Laurie Marcinkewicz, and Board Members Kathy Ellis, Diane King, Vicky Landry, Beth Robinson, Leah Robinson, Jennifer Shea, Desiree Feigley, and Nancy Sawyer. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.