Historic McSwain Theatre's first 2012 Show set Jan. 21

Friday, January 13, 2012

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. –Jae L. Stilwell and Crossover will host the first McSwain Theatre show of the new year Saturday, Jan. 21. The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m.

Crossover, the McSwain house band, will be joined by several talented entertainers from the area to present a show packed with crowd-pleasing hits.

The line-up for Saturday's show includes; Tim Reich, Holdenville; Terri Piper, Konawa; Missy Rude, Pauls Valley; and Mackenzee Crosby, Jessy Beasley and Wiley Winters, all of Ada. "The Voice of the Thunder" "Big" Jim Miller, formerly of Ada, will serve as emcee and also perform during the show.

The show will feature a wide range of both country and classic hits from yesterday and today and entertaining numbers performed by talented artists, said Jae L. Stilwell, who also serves as McSwain general manager.

"The show offers something for the entire family," she said.

Always a family favorite, Jae L. Stilwell and Crossover shows encourage plenty of audience participation and interaction. The band routinely takes requests and suggestions from the audience.

Stilwell, a mainstay at the McSwain for almost two decades, will be joined Saturday by Crossover band members Jody Teeter, Debbie Allen, Ronnie Magar, Wayne Morton, Greg Griffin, Gary Bryan, Mike Price and Tara Scott.

The members of Crossover have decades of combined experience performing at numerous venue with artists who ran the gamut of the musical spectrum.

Crossover covers a vast collection of songs from various eras and offers something for all ages.

Jody Teeter, Lindsay, Okla., band leader and bass guitar, was a part of the original McSwain Musical Theatre band. He has now returned to the McSwain as a member of Crossover.

Tara Scott, Duncan, Okla., developed a love of music and harmony at an early age. She has been a regular cast member and backup vocalist at several venues such as The Wichita Theater, the Oklahoma Opry and The Rodeo Opry. She began performing at the McSwain Theater in 2009 and joined the band in 2010.

On lead guitar, Ronnie Magar, Ada, Okla., has played with artists such as Hoyt Axton, Michael Martin Murphy, Pake McEntire and Blake Shelton. Ronnie was also a member of the Sundowners Band. 

Wayne Morton, Tishomingo, Okla., a steel guitar player, has entertained audiences for more than 30 years. He is an original member of the McSwain Musical Theatre.

Keyboard player Mike Price, Edmond, Okla., has played piano in the house band of the Oklahoma Opry, with the variety band "Sailor".  He has also played at Maker's Piano Bar in Bricktown and is currently the pianist in the house band at the Centennial Rodeo Opry, a country music show in the historic Stockyards City in Oklahoma City. He joined Jae L and Crossover in 2009.

Greg Griffin, of Stratford, Okla., has been playing guitar since childhood. He has performed a wide range of music including rhythm & blues, jazz, rock, gospel and country. Griffin has performed with the Jeff Sibble Band and the McSwain Theatre Band. 

Drummer Gary Bryan, Stratford, Okla., began performing in junior high and later became a member of the Sundowners Band, where he played shows across Oklahoma and Texas for nearly 20 years. Bryan has been a member of the McSwingers and was part of the house band for the Rodeo Opry in Oklahoma City.

For ticket information, contact the McSwain office at (580) 332-8108 or online at www.mcswaintheatre.com. Season ticket packages for all of Jae L. and Crossover's 2012 regular shows are also available.

The McSwain Theatre, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, is located at 130 W. Main in Ada.