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. 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.





 Our production of the Gilbert and Sullivan light  opera Pirates of Penzance will be Friday November 4th at 7:30 pm, Saturday November 5th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday November 6th at 2:00 pm. at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. Tickets are now on sale at Hazen Library. They are $15 if bought in advance and $20 if bought at the door. You can also order on line at





Singers are needed for the Shirley Children’s Traveling Christmas Choir.

Boys and girls from grades 2-5 are invited to be part of the choir which will learn songs and dances about Santa, Rudolph, Hanukah, and Baby Jesus.

The choir will sing at the Town Tree Lighting on Sunday evening November 27h and at the Festival of Lights at Farandnear on Sunday evening December 4th. Then they will perform their complete show, including their Nativity pageant, on Sunday afternoon December 11th, to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund.

The first rehearsal will be Thursday October 20th from 3:10 – 4:15 pm at the Lura A. White School. Children do not need to be LAW students in order to take part. They just need to be able to get to rehearsals. There is a tuition fee of $25, but scholarship help is available.

Registration forms can be found at the LAW office or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Teen and adult singers are needed for the Community Christmas Choir Concert. That performance will be on Sunday December 18th at 2:00 pm and will benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm at Ayer Shirley Middle School and will start on November 15th. For anyone who is interested in playing handbells at the concert,  rehearsals will start atthe Center Town Hall on November 14th at 7:00 pm. Email us for details.







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