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.






On August 29th and 30th at 6:30 pm we will audition teens and adults for our November 4th, 5th, 6th production of Pirates of Penzance

Everyone will be taught a song and dance and will be asked to read from the script.

The treble voices will do "Climbing Over Rocky Mountains." The bass clef voices will do "Pour Oh Pour." 

The music in this show is very difficult and not everyone who auditions will be given a part. 

Music Director will be James Haupt, Stage Director will be Meredith Marcinkewicz, and Choreographer will be Laurie Marcinkewicz.

Auditions and performances will be at the Ayer Shirley Middle School. Rehearsals will be Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm with the leads also sometimes rehearsing on Sunday afternoons. There will be a $30 participation fee for everyone plus a $20 script deposit. Note that you may purchase your own copy of the vocal selections, if you wish. 

Email us for a list of character descriptions and for answers to any other questions.   

ALSO - We will be searching for police and daughter costumes to borrow for this show. Please contact if you know of anyone who might be able to help us. 






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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.