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.




Congratulations to everyone who took part in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - Both the cast and the audience had a great time. We are now discussing what family musical we might want to do in the fall. 




The Lura A. White School Spring Concert will be Wednesday June 17th at 7:00 pm. It will feature songs from FROZEN and MARY POPPINS as well as some current dance music. 21 boys and girls are ready to entertain you for a small admission of $5 per person. 




UKULELE WORKSHOPS  are happening on Tuesdays May 19 and 26 and June 2, 16, 23, and 30 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the music room at the Ayer Shirley Middle School and we are having a lot of fun. 




SHREK JR will be our summer children's musical. Auditions will be Wednesday June 24th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and from 6:00 - 8:00 pm that same night at the Ayer Shirley Middle School.  Auditioners will be taught to sing a song from the show and will be asked to read from the script. Participants need to have graduated from 2nd grade and must be younger than 18.  Rehearsals will be weekdays 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm starting June 29th. Performances will be July 17, 18, 19. Participation fee will be $75. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your questions. 



Some Recent Productions



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.




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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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 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.