Best Actress Orange County 2013 - Anna Kate Mohler
Cast as Mary Bland, the sexually repressed, anal-retentive female half of a far-less-than-powerful power couple in Eating Raoul: The Musical, Anna Kate Mohler imbued her character with a complexity that was remarkable for such an intentionally campy show. Her transformation from Donna Reed to Bonnie Parker was completely believable in that she didn't overplay it. There wasn't some sinister psychic trauma going on here; she saw a way out of her humdrum existence and attacked it with gusto. It also didn't hurt that Mohler, who also shined in STAGEStheatre's production of The Great American Theater Park Musical last year, sang like one of them birds that can sing real purty.