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.




 The next set of UKULELE JAM SESSIONS will be held at the Ayer Shirley Middle School on six Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm for a total cost of $20. We will start on January 6th. You may bring your own ukulele or borrow one of ours. We have music to share, or you may bring some of your favorite songs to share. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for a registration form. Excuse us if we do not respond promptly over the holidays, but we will contact all those who are interested in taking part. 




This year, the Shirley Children's Traveling Christmas Choir earned over $500 for the Shirley Friendship Fund and the  COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT  earned over $700 for Loaves and Fishes. Thank you to everyone whop particiupated, whether in the choirs or in the audience.



We will do the family musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. Auditions will be Tuesday February 17th and Sunday February 2nd with rehearsals  on Sundays from 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm for chorus members, and soloists staying later. Students from grades 4-12, plus adults are welcome to take part. More details will be published in February.




Some Recent Productions



 FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW gave a wonderful performance and the folks who took the afternopon a cappella class had a ball. Look for photos and videos 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.




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,
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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 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.