Former Chillicothe drama teacher Kathy Breeden uses a walker as she shuffles her feet along a Kansas City sidewalk when, from seemingly out of nowhere, a young man whizzes by and snatches her purse.
He hurriedly rounds the corner and stops in an alley. There, he dumps the contents of Kathy's purse: a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. The perpetrator opens the bag, but is startled to find that his victim pursued him to retrieve that which rightfully belongs to her.
This is all caught on film, and now is an entry in the Dorito's "Crash the Super Bowl" commercial contest.
Breeden portrays "One Tough Grandma" in a commercial that was filmed in Kansas City earlier this month and is among other commercials being considered for a $1 million prize and a Super Bowl debut.
The commercial is directed by Kyle Kelley, who contacted Breeden after his initial actress backed out at the last minute.
"Kathy saved my commercial," Kelley said. "She was brought on at the 11th hour of production and I could not have been more pleased."
Breeden taught at Chillicothe High School from 1983 until she moved from the area in 2005. She retired from teaching in Missouri four years ago and now teaches at Leawood Middle School in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan. She resides in Liberty.
Breeden's resume includes voice-over/radio spots for clients such as the Kansas Lottery, a video for Kansas City-based Hallmark, and a commercial for a hospital in Cape Girardeau. She has been in multiple theater productions and also was cast as the protagonist's mother in the independent film, "The Witness."
Kelley grew up in Gillette, Wyo., and he and his family moved to Kansas City when he was 16.
"Film has always been my passion, and I do believe that Kansas City has a lot of talented people, and that Kansas City is making a big name for itself in film," he said.
Kelley is a film student at the Art's Institutes International — Kansas City. Breeden said that it is often during their formal education that individuals start establishing their reputation as a director. When they cast their projects, they get professional actors.
Kelley said said he was pleased with Breeden's performance.
"She brought light into the character of "Grandma" that made the commercial work just how I had imagined on paper, and then some," he said, adding that he'd like to work with Breeden on future projects.
Competition will be stiff, as the commercial contest is open to residents from nearly 40 countries. There will be three tiers of prizes, with the grand prize being $1 million. Five finalists will be announced around Jan. 4, 2014. Finalists receive $25,000 and a trip to New York for a private Super Bowl party. The judges will pick the top 20 commercials that are submitted, then narrow that selection to five. At that point, viewers will select the top two. The public can cast support for the commercials of their choice by ranking with one to five stars. Click here to view the commercial featuring Breeden and to cast a vote.
Page 2 of 2 - Breeden said she does not get compensated for her participation in the commercial unless this commercial is chosen as a winner. Nonetheless, she said she enjoyed working with Kelley and appreciates the opportunity to build her resume and network with other actors.
Breeden's agent is Voices &, which is also the agent for Breeden's daughter, Kai, 11.