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“Coronado’s Got Talent” – Showcasing the Community’s Stars & Benefiting the Coronado Schools Foundation

(Courtesy of Coronado’s Got Talent)

We all know that Coronado is home to plenty of talented people, and now it’s time to celebrate the plethora of artistic flair in our community! Coronado’s Got Talent will be holding auditions on Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th for its live show on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Coronado High School Theater (650 D Avenue).

Sponsored by Alan Kinzel of Teles Properties, all proceeds of Coronado’s Got Talent will go directly to the Coronado Schools Foundation, essentially making all of Coronado’s students the big winners!

(Coronado Schools Foundation logo courtesy of Google Images)

Presenter Alan Kinzel

Coronado resident Alan Kinzel is the presenter of the first ever community-wide Coronado’s Got Talent. (Image courtesy of Coronado’s Got Talent)

When asked why he decided to launch Coronado’s Got Talent, Alan Kinzel, a resident of Coronado for the last seven years, said, “We’re really happy to be doing this for the Coronado Schools Foundation because the foundation has done so much for me and my family, and I’ve seen how much it does for the community.” (One of Kinzel’s children already graduated from Coronado High School, and his other child is currently in attendance there.)

He continues, “We’re doing this event as a celebration of community-wide talent of all ages and all types of talent. We’re excited to be presenting this to the community, and are hopeful it will become a yearly event. 100% of the proceeds will go to Coronado Schools Foundation. We’ve guaranteed the foundation a certain amount.”


Thinking about auditioning?  Usually when people think of traditional talent shows, they think of singing, dancing, and/or playing instruments, but if you have a talent that doesn’t involve any of the aforementioned skills, don’t fear because Coronado’s Got Talent is looking for all kinds of talent from all ages, young, old, or in between! Whether you are auditioning solo or performing in a group act, anyone is welcome to try out provided that at least one performer in the act lives, works, or attends school in Coronado. The rest of the rules are as follows:

Screenshot of Rules (Courtesy of Coronado’s Got Talent’s website)
Screenshot of the audition link (Courtesy of Coronado’s Got Talent’s website)


Interested in auditioning?  It’s free, and it’s easy to sign up online to select an audition time slot on either Friday, February 3rd (between 3:00-8:00 pm) or Saturday, February 4th (between 12:00-2:00 pm).  The deadline to sign up for an audition is Thursday, February 2nd. Auditions will be held at the Coronado Training Center (106 B Avenue).


The four judges of Coronado’s Got Talent are former mayor Casey Tanaka, the Food Network’s Melissa d’Arabian, choral and musical director Linda Kullman, and CDR Michael Cornelius, who serves in the United States Navy. Knowing what a huge Navy town Coronado is, in addition to the three “amazing local celebrity judges,” Kinzel wanted a judge who represented the military spirit of the community.


Let’s face it. Not all of us are destined or confident enough to showcase our talents in front of an auditorium, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love watching others perform, especially our friends and family! Tickets are already on sale for Coronado’s Got Talent, and may be purchased online by clicking here. Tickets range in price from $7 to $40, and proceeds go directly to the Coronado Schools Foundation.

Live Streaming and Live Voting

The Coronado’s Got Talent live show on March 2nd will be presented via live stream on the “Watch Live” link on the Coronado’s Got Talent website, allowing friends and family from across the country to watch and cheer along in real time.

In addition to input from the judges, there will also be live voting during the show on March 2nd.  Kinzel says, “For just $1.00 per vote, there will be live voting from people in the audience, and people from all across the country will be able to vote online too.” (The money from voting also goes to the Coronado Schools Foundation.)

“There’s going to be a formula where the winners will be determined partially by the judges’ input, partially by audience votes, and partially by live voting online,” Kinzel explains.

Sponsorship and Prizes

Even if you don’t have a particular talent you’re willing to share on stage, everyone in the community can still participate by donating to Coronado’s Got Talent. Kinzel is actively seeking additional sponsorship from local businesses as well as donations of more prizes. Sponsorship costs $200, and in between performances on March 2nd, sponsors can feature video snippets where they can not only mention their businesses, but they can also wish good luck to all participants or tell any performer in particular to break a leg. “We’re also trying to arrange for food trucks the night of the live show,” Kinzel says. (See additional information at the conclusion of this article for contact information regarding sponsorship, prize donations, and food contributions.)

Prizes for first place, second place, and third place will be awarded, and all three winning acts will have the opportunity to perform live at the Coronado Schools Foundation Telethon on March 9, 2017. As advertised on the Coronado’s Got Talent website, “You will be televised for the island and others across the web to see how amazingly talented you are. The value of this is priceless!”

(CSF Telethon logo courtesy of Google Images)

Loews Coronado logo

In addition to performing live at the telethon, the first prize winner(s) will receive a two night stay at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.  The Coronado’s Got Talent website states, “Prizes will continue to be added.”

Additional Information

To view Coronado’s Got Talent Facebook page click here.

Those interested in sponsorship or donating prizes may contact Alan Kinzel.

For phone inquiries or volunteer opportunities contact April Ishmael.



Coree Cornelius
Coree Cornelius
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