SHIRLEY -- ShirleyArts! is calling for young actors to audition for "The Little Mermaid Jr.," Tuesday, June 17, at 4 and 6:30 p.m. at Ayer Shirley Middle School. Rehearsals will be daily from 1-4 p.m., June 30 through July 18.

Performances will be Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at Ayer Shirley Middle School.

This production requires a large cast of both younger and older children -- from entering second graders to age 17 -- for a variety of roles. Children who audition will be taught a simple song and dance and will be asked to read from the script.

The Little Mermaid Jr. is based upon Disney's The Little Mermaid, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, book by Doug Wright. The production is directed by Meredith Marcinkewicz, assisted by Kathryn Lyon, and choreographed by Laurie Marcinkewicz.

The production receives funding support from Shirley Cultural Council and Mass Cultural Council.

For cost and other details, please contact Meredith Marcinkewicz at