Tuesday, January 12, 2021
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office
ADA, Okla. – The Jae L. & Crossover Show will carry forward the McSwain Theatre’s century of offering family-friendly entertainment 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16 with a virtual musical performance.
The show will feature talented guest performers backed by a top-notch band, available online at no charge.
The McSwain Theatre invites the public to watch “Jae L. & Crossover with Special Guests,” as well as other upcoming shows from the comfort of home at McSwainTheatre.com or Facebook.com/McSwainTheatre.
January’s show will have plenty of country favorites brought to life by vocalists from across Oklahoma with one special guest hailing from Kansas.
Special guests include Jeff Sibble, Debbie Allen, Chandler Elliott and Dwayne Yoesting of Ada; Tara Scott of Duncan; Kenny Anderson of Edmond; Kenslie Clark of Durant; and Haylie Bagwell of Coffeyville, Kansas.
The band’s lead singer, Jae L. Stilwell, said viewers are sure to be pleased.
“We have some great classic country coming up on the show I think you will enjoy,” Stilwell said.
Stilwell has been singing since childhood and the McSwain Theatre has been an important part of her life for just as long.
“There is such a fulfilment you get when you sing for others. Music is the best therapy of all. You can express yourself with a joyful song, a tearful song or a slow song. You can express yourself in so many ways,” she said.
As lead singer of the Crossover Band, she has worked with all sorts of McSwain performers, from young ventriloquists to national country music stars.
She said there is something special about every person and new voice she shares the stage with.
“You feel like you are part of the family here,” Stilwell said. “I think what makes the McSwain Theatre unique is it’s been here since the 1920s. Many people grew up through the years who are still coming here for entertainment after generations.”
About the McSwain Theatre
For over 100 years, the McSwain Theatre has offered a compelling variety of entertainment to Ada residents and visitors alike. Vaudeville acts, silent films, major motion pictures and live musical performances have helped make the theater a staple of the Ada Main Street entertainment scene.
The historic venue celebrated its 100th anniversary in a virtual show in 2020.
As a music destination, the McSwain brought in the likes of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Patti Page, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy, Ray Price and The Osmond Brothers, among others.
During the McSwain Theatre’s regular schedule, which is currently postponed due to COVID-19 safety measures, Jae L. and Crossover shows offer local, up-and-coming artists an audience, stage, microphone and full band. Performances span many genres, including everything from country to classic hits.
Crossover’s musicians have decades of combined experience performing with artists who specialize in all genres of music.
At this time, all in-person attractions have been postponed to protect the health and safety of McSwain Theatre patrons and employees.
For more information, contact the McSwain Theatre at (580) 332-8108 or visit McSwainTheatre.com. Follow theater updates on Facebook at Facebook.com/McSwainTheatre, on Instagram at Instagram.com/McSwainTheatre or on Twitter at Twitter.com/McSwainTheatre.