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Recent and Upcoming Events

The Second Banana Revolt

Written in collaboration with playwright and director Minrod Mier, Shirley’s most recent musical The Second Banana Revolt is appearing at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August 2017! Our venue is the Rarig Thrust Theatre. Schedule of performances:

Thu. Aug. 3, 7:00pm

Sat. Aug. 5, 1:00pm

Mon. Aug. 7, 8:30pm

Fri. Aug. 11, 10:00pm

Sat. Aug. 12, 7:00pm

Visit the Second Banana Revolt page on the Minnesota Fringe Festival site for more information, and watch the preview performance from the Showcase on July 17 here.

See you at the Fringe!

Steampunk Overture

Shirley’s most recent concert band work, Steampunk Overture, has just been accepted for publication with Grand Mesa Music Publishers! It is scheduled for release in 2018. This work was commissioned by the St. Michael-Albertville High School Band (Adam Sroka, Director) and premiered in May 2016. It was recently performed at Spring Lake Park High School, under the direction of Brian Lukkasson, on June 1, 2017.

The Nightingale

Shirley is teaming up again with playwright Jennifer Kirkeby to adapt Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale for Stages Theatre. This musical will premiere in March 2018 – stay tuned!

Of Lakes and Legends

Shirley’s newest work is a piece for chamber orchestra entitled Of Lakes and Legends, a suite of character pieces that explore the history of White Bear Lake, MN, where Century College is located. It was commissioned by the Century Chamber Orchestra and premiered at their spring concert on May 7, 2017.

Forge Ahead!

Composed in 2009 for the Cottage Grove Middle School, Cottage Grove, MN, Forge Ahead! received more local performances this spring! The St. Hubert Catholic School Band in Chanhassen, MN, performed Forge Ahead! at a band festival on April 28 and at their spring concert on May 23, 2017, and the Mahtomedi High School Band performed the work at their spring concert on May 15, 2017.


The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Shirley Mier and Jennifer Kirkeby’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses was commissioned and premiered by Stages Theatre in Hopkins, MN, in March 2015, and is now published by Dramatic Publishing!

Music-Directing Projects

Shirley will be music-directing Century College’s production of Hair in Spring 2017! Performances will be at 7:30pm on Apr. 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, and May 4, 5, and 6. Check the Century College website and the Century College Theatre and Century College Music Dept. pages on Facebook for future updates. Come and join the tribe!


Madeline’s Christmas

Shirley Mier’s and Jennifer Kirkeby’s musical adaptation of Madeline’s Christmas has received numerous productions around the country since its publication by Dramatic Publishing in 2005. KOTA’s 2016 production in New York was recognized by TheatreMania in its article 9 Holiday Shows to Make Your Season Merry and Bright, and this same production was named among the Best 10 Holiday Shows in New York City by Congratulations to KOTA and all theatres who produced Madeline’s Christmas this season!

New Musical Theatre Exchange

The New Musical Theatre Exchange was featured in a recent article by Laurie Flanagan Hegge in The Dramatist – read all about it here!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

These photos are from the premiere production of The Twelve Dancing Princesses at Stages Theatre (photography by Bruce Challgren).