At some point, most of us are tempted to flee our day-to-day life — at least in our imagination. Local actress Michelle Grimes plays Becky Foster …
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At some point, most of us are tempted to flee our day-to-day
life — at least in our imagination. Local actress Michelle Grimes
plays Becky Foster who does just that in “Becky’s New Car,” a
comedy written in 2007 by Steven Dietz.
“Becky’s New Car” is playing at Vintage Theatre, 2119 E. 17th
Ave. through Feb. 19. Grimes, who lives in Centennial, teaches
fourth grade at Clayton Elementary School in Englewood, where she
once lived and helped with the Englewood summer drama programs.
The Dietz play was written as a 50th birthday gift from her
husband for a Seattle woman active in the theater community. She
was delighted and the couple sat in on rehearsals as the play was
readied for performance, which pleased the playwright.
Becky works for a car dealership and is in a rather humdrum
marriage when a widowed millionaire stumbles into the dealership.
Becky’s life changes significantly, with all sorts of
The actress has been performing at various theaters in the metro
area while teaching in schools, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, at
ACC’s program for home-schooled children and more.
“My place in life is really teaching,” she said.
Grimes said that when she was a little girl, her parents gave
her ballet lessons, ice skating lessons and other performance
“They were great supporters,” she said.
She grew up performing and became a teacher, eventually
receiving a masters in arts and education. “I incorporate art into
my lesson plans,” she said.
She has been involved with the Vintage Theatre Company for a
number of years and serves on its board of directors. She appeared
there last season in the ambitious and well produced “Angels in
America,” which was presented in two parts.
The new role is lighter but “line heavy,” she said, a bit
nervously as opening night draws near.
At Clayton, she is developing a theater program, the Clayton
Theatre Troupe, complete with auditions and corporate sponsors,
where fourth-graders and fifth-graders will perform a full show
this spring. She has written an original script for it and hopes
eventually to write and develop a children’s movie, “The Art of
The mother of three adults, Grimes says she doesn’t schedule
herself to perform in the summer, because she also loves to
Dietz, a Colorado native and University of Northern Colorado
graduate (1980), is one of America’s 10 most produced
He teaches at the University of Texas but heads back with his
family to Seattle in the summer, where he lived and worked for
years and is active in the theater community. Many of his plays
have a theme of personal betrayal and deception.
Sarah Mae Johnson is director. In addition to Grimes, the cast
includes Jim Hunt, Andy Anderson, Brian Kusic, Charlie Wingerter,
Mallory Vining and Jan Cleveland.
“Becky’s New Car” plays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30
p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $25 ($20 advance) Fridays, Saturdays; $21
($18 advance) Sundays. 303-839-1361, www.vintagetheatre.com.
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