ADA — The McSwingers and guests Rebecca Frederick, Hayden Matthews, Clancy Davis and Brennin Hunt will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Dorothy Summers Theater at East Central University.

Tickets for this first performance of 2006 are on sale at 125 W. Main Street in Ada. Tickets may also be ordered by phoning Jae L. Stillwell at (580) 332-8108.

Dorothy Summers Theater will serve as an alternative venue for performances during renovation of the McSwain.

Planning is nearing completion and renovation work on the McSwain Theater is scheduled to begin soon.

Built in 1920 as a venue for Vaudeville acts, the Chickasaw Nation purchased the McSwain and began supervising operation of the theater in November 2002.

Renovation plans include rebuilding the southern façade to give the McSwain a look similar to that of its glory days in the 1920s. New windows flanking the main entrance will be another component in enhancing the theater's appearance.

Ground floor seating in the renovated theater will accommodate approximately 525.

An art gallery on the second story will also include a video system to allow additional audience members and special guests to view live performances.

A redesigned stage area will include new stage curtains as well as state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.

Renovation will also include annexing an area east of the main theater building which will include a concession area, restrooms and an elevator providing access to the second story gallery.

Dressing rooms for the performers, and prop storage will also be located in this area. 

Renovation plans also include a number of projects designed to restore the structural integrity of the facility.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.