Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-10-09

Samford University Theatre's next show, "Feliciana Feydra LeRoux," is based on two books by Cajun writer Tynia Thomassie. The Theatre for Young Audiences production runs Oct. 26-29.

In a musical visit to the colorful and unique culture of southern Louisiana, the production follows the adventures of Feliciana as she learns the importance of family and forgiveness.

Thomassie's books, Feliciana Meets D'Loup Garow: A Cajun Tall Tale, and Feliciana Feydra LeRoux: A Cajun Tall Tale, were adapted for the stage by Samford Theatre department chair Don Sandley, with permission from Pelican Publishing Company. The books are targeted for children ages 4-8.

Jamie Ruppert of Snellville, Ga., is cast in the title role. Daniel Mills of Evansville, Ind., performs the male lead role of Grampa Baby.

The musical score, to be performed by a live band, was written by Samford junior theatre major Matt Godfrey of Hoover.

Performances are Oct. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. in Bolding Studio, located in Swearingen Hall. Tickets are $5 student/child, $7 senior citizen and $8 adult. For reservations, call the Samford Theatre box office at (205) 726-2853 weekdays between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at:

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.