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.






GOOD NEWS - we now have a facebook page with many photo albums of past shows. It is called ShirleyArts! update. Be sure to check us out and LIKE us.


We now have our own dedicated TELEPHONE number which we will use during production times. Messages will be checked at least once a day and the phone will be turned on at all evening rehearsals. The number is 978-496-6427.






The 5th Grade musical - Munchkin Mediation - will be performed at the Lura A. WHite School at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Thursday April 17th. 


Our Spring Concert of WORLD MUSIC at the Lura A. White School will feature students from grades 1-5 singing, dancing, and playing percussion instruments from around the world. Rehearsals will be on Fridays after school, with the performance on Friday June 6th at 7:00 pm. Email us for a registration form.


This summer's children's musical will be Little Mermaid Jr. Rehearsals will be 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm during the first three weeks of July. (not 3rd or 4th of July) Performances will be July 18 and 19. Auditions for leading roles will be in late June. STay tuned for further details. 



Some Past Productions


Fifty Kindergarten and First Grade Students did a great jobn at their Music and Movement performances in March. They played the sticks and sang and danced on the stage and with their families. 



Congratulations to the Cast of   The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel and Gretel : Sophia Brown – Flopsy Pig, Selah Condon – Red Riding Hood, Justin Cullinan – Jack, Cael Cullinane – Sergeant Ringworm,  Alyssa Felix – Porkchop Pig, Scout Fulmer – Hansel, Emily Goodwin – Magic Mirror and Blossom, Michele Lindsay – Father Bear, Julia Lupaczyk – Prince Charming, Rosalind Lupaczyk – Snow White and Flitzy, Jeanne McCarron – Brunhilde and Blossom, Danny McCarron – Wilheim Woodcutter, Autumn Niedermier – Streptococcus, Courtney Niedermeier – Big Bad Wolf, Olivia Pampinella – Goldlocks, Piper Rakip – Fargo Pig, Lilly Robinson – Gretel, Zoe Saldana – Mother Lila and Mother Bear, Emma Spitale – Baby Bear, Laine Tarosian – Amanita, Brooke Venkitachalam – Inspector Wombat, Chloe Venkitachalam – Step Mother Marta. 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,
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 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.