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 ShirleyArtsupdate 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.



Annie Jr. will be rehearsed and performed at the Ayer Shirley Middle School during the month of August.

Auditions for students from ages 8-17 are required for those who want to be part of the cast. Auditions for role assignments will be Monday August 5th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Rehearsals will begin the next day and continue every week day from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Performances will be Friday August 23rd and Saturday August 24th at 7:00 pm and Sunday August 25th at 2:00 pm. Participation fee will be $125 and will be due that day.

Besides someone to play the parts of the tough but caring Orphan Annie and her dog Sandy, we need someone to be wealthy Daddy Warbucks and his secretary Grace. Someone else will need to be the mean Miss Hannigan and the conniving Rooster and his girlfriend Lily. We need lots of orphan girls, Warbucks mansion servants, New York City people, radio stars, and even the President.

At auditions, we will teach you part of a song and dance to show us and we will ask you to read from the script. Make sure to arrive on time and bring a water bottle.

If you have any questions, please contact director Meredith Marcinkewicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Wizard of Oz will be our fall family musical using the ASMS auditorium. Auditions will be August 27th and 29th at 6:30 pm with rehearsals starting the following Tuesday and Thursday. There will also be Monday rehearsals but chorus members will not need to come every night. There will be a small participation fee and a script deposit required. Scholarship help is always available.

We will need experienced performers for the leading roles, but there are many chorus parts for folks who have never been on the stage. Children (ages 9 and up) who want to be in the show need to be able to rehearse until 8:30 pm most nights and until 9:30 during production week.

Performances will be November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. 



We are so proud of the five wonderful women who starred in our hit production of NUNSENSE It will be a tough act to follow.

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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 2019 are President Roy Ellis, Treasurer Kathryn Lyon, Artistic Director Meredith Marcinkewicz, Secretary Laurie Marcinkewicz, and Board Members Kathy Ellis, Terrie Hyde, Diane King, Vicky Landry, Nicky Lowney, Beth Robinson, Leah Robinson, Jennifer Shea, Desiree Feigley, and Nancy Sawyer. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.