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 2 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 Middloe 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.






Children’s Touring Christmas Choir

For grades 1-5

Rehearsals at Lura A. White School from 3:00 – 4:15 pm

Thursdays October 12, 19, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7

Children will learn songs and dances about Santa, the reindeer, and Baby Jesus.

Tuition is $25 with scholarship money available.

Performances will be

Sunday November 26th at 5:00 pm at the Town Christmas Tree Lighting

Possibly one concert in the mall at Whitney Field

Sunday December 10th at 2:00 pm at the United Church Fellowship Hall

Admission to this last concert is $5 per person to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund

Registration forms are available at the LAW front desk or by email.



Community Christmas Concert

For grades 6 - 12 plus adults

Rehearsals at Ayer Shirley Middle School

Tuesdays – 7:00 – 8:30 pm starting November 7th

Participation fee $15 with scholarship help available

Performance Sunday December 17th at 2:00 pm

We have not yet decided on the price structure for the concert, but the admission will benefit Loaves and Fishes. 

Please email us if you are interested in taking part.



We might do some ukulele jam sessions over the winter.



We have not yet decided whether to do a musical or a straight play in the spring. Keep watching here and on our facebook page.  





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.


Thank you to everyone who attended or participated in the 2016 Community Christmas Concert to benefit Loaves and Fishes food pantry. We had a wonderful 30 voice choir plus solos, duets, trios, dancers, and instrumentalists. The Shirley Bell Choir also took part and we raised over $500 for Loaves and Fishes.  




The 2016 Shirley Children’s Traveling Christmas Choir sang  at the Town Tree Lighting on November 27th and at the Festival of Lights at Farandnear on December 4th . Then they performed their complete show, including their Nativity pageant, on December 11th at the Center Town Hall to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund. They were able to spread lots of cheer and to help the Friendship Fund raise almost $400. Thank you to many parents for their help.


Thank you to everyone who participated or attended our first ever Gilbert and Sullivan show. Pirates of Penzance was a great success full of wonderful voices, great costumes, energetic dancing, and much laughter. 





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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 2016 are President Roy Ellis, Treasurer Kathryn Lyon, Artistic Director Meredith Marcinkewicz, Secretary Laurie Marcinkewicz, and Board Members Kathy Ellis, Diane King, Vicky Landry,  Julie Pampinella, Beth Robinson, John Rounds, and  Nancy Sawyer. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.