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Elizabeth McRae

1950-1954

 

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the theatre, television and film in New Zealand.  Elizabeth partook in many cultural events, including two school productions and Marjorie Nicholls speech competitions, and it is clear from the decision to appoint her as Head Prefect in 1954 that she was an integral part of the school community. Whilst holding this position she was also house captain for Cecil. 

 In the acting world, Elizabeth is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Marjorie Brasch on the NZ soap opera Shortland Street. Elizabeth played the role from its beginning in 1992 until 1996; with further appearances in 1998 and 2002. She has also held various other film and television roles over the course of her career. Including TV show, An Angel at my Table and Never Say die. She also appeared in the 2002 film All about Reinalda.

 Elizabeth was a founding member of Mercury Theatre Company, run from the Mercury theatre in Auckland from 1968 to 1991. She also taught voice and speech. She later acted for Theatre Corporate. Her Auckland Theatre Company credits include THE CRUCIBLE, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS and Social Climbers. 

 In 2006 Elizabeth, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for Services to Theatre. Her contribution to New Zealand in the Arts Industry has been invaluable and we are proud to have her as one of the members of our brand new Hall of Fame. She is the epitome of a well-rounded Cultural woman and we are proud to say that she is an Old Girl of the college.