The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Longtime Sweet Home resident finds her place – on stage


November 1, 2016

SHIRLEY AUSTIN stands outside the Sweet Home High School Auditorium, scene of many of her efforts to promote stage arts in the community.

When Shirley Austin stands in the wings of the stage in the Sweet Home High School Auditorium, which is rather often, she’s doing exactly what she loves: directing entertainment extravaganzas.

Austin has put on many of the non-student productions in Sweet Home in recent years, either at the high school or at Sweet Home Elks Lodge – Chips and Splinters, Sweet Country Christmas, Switcheroo Review, and the annual SHARC Showdown talent show.

More on SHARC in a moment.

Austin, 64, says she found her life calling rather late – kind of like a second career.

She grew up in Sweet...

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