NEW PORT RICHEY - For John Timpanelli, there's no biz like showbiz.
The West Pasco resident recently opened a voice and performing arts studio at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in New Port Richey, his first since 2002. He hopes to reach out to talented children in the community to help them hone their skills.
"My goal is to not only have this performing arts studio but to grab the best talent and be able to perform in a lot of communities throughout Florida: a showcase of upcoming stars," Timpanelli said.
The performer's career has been rooted in Pasco County for more than 40 years, beginning when he was a youngster, and has taken him across the country, from Las Vegas to New York, and out to the Caribbean on cruise ships, where he has produced, directed and appeared in countless musical variety shows.
With a new baby to care for, Timpanelli is trying to stick closer to home these days, which is part of the reason he's able to start running a studio again.
"I've tried having performing arts studios before, but because of my career as an entertainer, I'm sometimes called to go on cruise ships or to Vegas, but my whole life is different now," Timpanelli said. "I thought I could stay local and I love working with all ages, but mostly children."
At the studio, Timpanelli will work with students one-on-one or in classes to develop tone, breath control, relaxation and dynamics. He will teach performance skills and help students gain awareness of the physical tensions and habits that may hinder an individual voice and a student's physical, emotional and technical capacity to sing freely.
Weekly lessons will include vocal warm-ups and exercises focusing on singing techniques applied to song. A student's progress will be related to their practice time and the application of techniques and skills presented in their voice lessons. Students can perform for family and other studio singers throughout the year.
"They need to know everything about performing and being on the stage," Timpanelli said.
Timpanelli's son has been on "America's Got Talent" and is awaiting a callback for a role he auditioned for in the satirical Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon."
Timpanelli hopes to open a stand-alone studio, where he will focus on vocal techniques for both singing and comedy.
This Sunday, Timpanelli will showcase young and upcoming talent from the area. "The John Timpanelli Show With a Cavalcade of Upcoming Stars" is set for 3 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. Tickets are $12 and include refreshments. Proceeds will benefit the church and the exposure will benefit the performers, Timpanelli said.
For tickets and information, call (727) 849-4330. For appointments at Timpanelli's new studio, call (727) 379-6557.