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Campbell kid plays title role in national tour of Matilda, The Musical

Mar 22, 2016 | Community Relations

Campbell Elementary 4th-grader Sarah McKinley Austin is one of three girls selected to share the title role of "Matilda" in the National Broadway Tour of "Matilda the Musical."

She was selected after auditioning in New York City. 

The early reviews are in for her portrayal of the title character.

The review in the Palm Beach (Florida) Post noted “The role of Matilda is rotating among three young performers, and if they are all as accomplished as pint-sized Sarah McKinley Austin, this national tour is in good, if tiny, hands. Austin sings with authority, has stage presence far beyond her years and is simply adorable.”

Based on a Roald Dahl novel, the show is the winner of 50 international awards, including the Tony Award® and is one of the biggest hits on Broadway.

“Matilda, The Musical” is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Previously, Sarah toured for 10 months as "Ivanka" in the National Broadway Tour of "Once the Musical."

Sarah’s parents are music teachers in Lamar CISD. Dad, Mark, teaches at Bowie Elementary and mom, Sue, teaches at Campbell Elementary.

Savannah Grace Elmer and Lily Brooks O'Briant will also play the role during the tour.