Byline: Amy Roth Aurora Public Library By Amy Roth Aurora Public Library
Singer-songwriter Lisa McClowry, whose distinctive voice has been heard in major motion pictures, as well as on worldwide radio and in TV jingles, will join Paramount Theatre Artistic Director Jim Corti as a celebrity judge in the fifth annual Aurora Public Library Teen Talent Show and Competition.
The event will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The competition is free and open to the public.
McClowry is a national recording artist with six solo albums and appearances on more than 25 CDs. She recently was nominated for "Female Vocalist of the Year" in the Inspirational Country Music Awards. Her experience in dramatic and musical theater includes performances through The Players Workshop of Second City.
Many years of high energy improv shows at the Redhead Piano Bar Chicago has made McClowry a well-rounded, full-time entertainer.
McClowry cowrote and performed "Through the Eyes of a Child" for the motion picture, "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle." She performed the theme song "Bridge to the Stars," with Tracey Amos for "The Wild Thornberrys" soundtrack, and was selected to sing the voice of the princess in "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie."
McClowry says she is most proud of the work she does for Special Talents America. She hosts the competition, coordinates the productions and mentors special-needs performers. She also enjoys expressing her creativity on canvas, painting abstract art for commercial and residential clients.
Her life philosophy is expressed through her apparel line, "Beautiful Mess," named after one of her songs.
Corti is a veteran Broadway actor and dancer with credits including the New York cast of "Ragtime," "A Chorus Line" and "Candide," as well as the national tours of "Urinetown," "Cabaret" and Bob Fosse's "Dancin'."
In addition to launching the Paramount Theatre's inaugural Broadway Series, Corti directed and choreographed the Paramount's very first self-produced Broadway show, "My Fair Lady," which played to rave reviews.
Highlights from his body of work of more than three decades include: being the only director in Chicago to have two productions at the same time in The Chicago Tribune's list of 10 Best Shows in 2009; and being the sole honoree to garner Jeff Awards as an actor (in Marriott's "Grand Hotel"), a choreographer (in Drury Lane's "Singin' in the Rain") and director (in Northlight's "Blues in the Night" and Drury Lane's "Sweet Charity.")
Emcee Special K, aka Scott Corchin, a 103.5 KISS-FM disc jockey who has emceed the talent show for three years, keeps the show moving at a quick pace by interjecting contests and ticket giveaways. Corchin has been named "the most-listened-to nighttime personality" on Chicago's "most-listened-to music station."
Starting his career as a professional dancer, a live event DJ and emcee, Corchin became one of the top 25 men on the first season of FOX's hit show "So You Think You Can Dance. …