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. 

If you are trying to find a performance at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, Mapquest 2 Hospital Road, Shirley MA. 

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.

 

 


 

The family musical Alice@Wonderlandwill be the fall production of ShirleyArts!. It is the classic Lewis Carroll adventure story with a 21st century twist, having a heroine who is frustrated at the lack of wi-fi reception down the rabbit hole.  

Auditions for taking part in Alice@Wonderlandare open to students from grades 4 through 12 and adults of all ages.  Auditions will be held Sunday August 23rd and Tuesday August 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Besides Alice, the White Rabbit, and the King and Queen of Hearts, other characters include the March Hare, Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Caterpillar, choruses of cats, flowers, doors, and many others. Reading or viewing any version of Alice in Wonderland ahead of time will remind folks of the basic story.

Auditioners will be taught a brief song and dance from the show and then be asked to perform it. They will also be asked to read from the script. ShirleyArts! is an all-inclusive theater group and anyone who auditions and is willing to work hard will be cast in the show. There will be a small participation fee

Rehearsals will start after Labor Day and will be Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, but not everyone will need to attend every rehearsal. Some participants may be asked to come earlier or stay later on some days. Performances will be November 6th, 7th, and 8th. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will all be at the Ayer Shirley Middle School in Shirley.

For more information, email the director, Meredith Marcinkewicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Some Recent Productions

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We were thrilled with the youth theater production of Shrek Jr. The children showed us great singing, dancing, and acting and the audiences were smiling and laughing and throoughly enjoying themsleves.  

 

Our annual June Concert at the Lura A. white School showcased old and new songs and dances including a medley from Frozen and another from Mary Poppins.   

 

Congratulations to the cast of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for three fantastic performances. They were a delight to the eye and to the ear. 

 

For those who missed our spring UKULELE WORKSHOPS - we will definitely have more of these in the fall and/or winter. 

 

In June we helped direct and produce an original play which was written by three second grade students at the Lura A. White School who starred in the leading roles. The girls cast their friends in supporting roles and rehearsed weekly until it was all ready to go on the stage.  

 

The 4th grade students at Lura A. White School performed a musical called Test Taking Skills in March and the 5th grade students performed Bullies Anonymous in April. Every student in each grade had to learn songs and movements, and many of them had to memorize lines to say. They did a great job performing in front of parents and all the other students at the school. They also learned some good test taking strategies and some good social skills, which they passed on to their classmates.  

  

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

 

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December 2014

 

At the COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT to benefit Loaves and Fishes, our performers did a wonderful job and our audience donated over $600 to this great charity.

  

The Shirley Children's Traveling Christmas Choir performed at the Town Tree Lighting and at the Mall at Whitney Field food court and raised $500 for the Shirley Friendship Fund.

 

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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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Note that we are a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation and all your donations are tax-deductible.

Officers for ShirleyArts!for 2015 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, and Kathryn Lyon. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.