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 ShirleyArtsupdate 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 1 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 Middle 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.  If classes are cancelled for Ayer Shirley Middle School, we will not be able to use the building that evening.


ShirleyArts! encrouages theater veterans and newcomers, teens and adults to audition for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comedy
Once Upon a Mattress on August 28th or 30th at 6:30pm at the Ayer Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road in Shirley.  

We are looking for a large group of energetic, hardworking people to play and learn with us! We support nontraditional and inclusive casting, so don't worry if you think you're "not right" for a part, Just go for it! Director/Music Director will be Meredith Marcinkewicz and the choreographer will be Laurie Marcinkewicz

Singing: We will teach you a portion of "Opening for a Princess" to sing as a group and solo. Those who want leading roles should also bring sheet music for a short selection of a song (approx 32 bars) to sing in the style of the show.

Movement: Dress comfortably and bring your dancing shoes if you have them. Everyone will be taught a short movement audition. Those who wish to play the jester or his/her backup dancers will also be taught a short soft shoe audition.

Reading: No monologue is necessary. All who want a speaking part will be provided with pages to read on stage.

Rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Chorus members will not be needed at every rehearsal, but you WILL be needed for each rehearsal of tech week and for each performance. Performances will be November 2, 3, and 4.

A registration fee and script deposit will be required at the first rehearsal. Scholarship money is available.
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The ShirleyArts! summer youth theater production was Honk Jr. and we have a wonderful group of young  performers and crew. The audience laughed and cried and totally enjoyed themselves.



The ShirleyArts! version of the Steven Schwartz musical - GODSPELL had great singing, dancing, and story-telling. Thank you to all who took part and all who sat in the audience. It was a wonderful experience.



  Children’s Touring Christmas Choir

 They sang on November 26th at the Town Christmas Tree Lighting

And at the Mall at Whitney Field, in the food court, December 1st.

The last performance to a standing-room-only crowd included their Nativity Pageant, on December 10th at the Church Fellowship Hall, corner of Harvard and Lancaster Roads.

The children raised a total of $719 to benefit the Shirley Friendship Fund


Community Christmas Concert

These teens and adults performed with choral singing, instrumentals, solos, dances, plus music by the Shirley Bell Choir.

 This performance raised over $620 for Loaves and Fishes.



The ShirleyArts! summer 2017 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. 




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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 2018 are President Roy Ellis, Treasurer Kathryn Lyon, Artistic Director Meredith Marcinkewicz, Secretary Laurie Marcinkewicz, and Board Members Kathy Ellis, Diane King, Vicky Landry, Beth Robinson, Leah Robinson, Jennifer Shea, Desiree Feigley, and Nancy Sawyer. Pass on your comments and suggestions to any of them.