“Coacoochee’s Story” – Tampa Bay History Center

Through intricate theater design and riveting storytelling, ”Coacoochee’s Story” brings its audience into Florida’s dense wetlands during the Second Seminole War.

This extraordinary immersive theater tells the story of Seminole Chief Coacoochee who escaped from prison and a death sentence, fought the US military . . . and won, only to have to lead his native peoples off their ancestral lands.

BPI worked closely with the Florida Seminole tribe. The immersive theater combined vivid scripting, historical large-scale battle reenactments, an original musical score, complex theatrical lighting design, and computerized effects to create a unique and engaging audience experience. 

The theater incorporates rich imagery on layered scrims, along with video and projection screens nestled in the scenery turning on large motorized turntables. The audience is surrounded by trees dripping with Spanish moss. Complex theatrical lighting and strobe effects, dramatic video, large rotating sets, and rich surround sound bring the theater to life as the story unfolds with dramatic intensity.

Client: Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa, FL
Partners: Jonathan Bean Design
Category: American Indian, Culture & History
Services: AV Design, Immersive Theater, Film & Video

What We Did:

  • Immersive theater
  • Character holograms
  • Interactives and Films
  • Historical Reenactments
  • Original music score

This is a really interesting and sophisticated experience for all the family: as well as being factual, it's truly interactive - and fun, too!


Life-sized pirate models in a disney-like exhibit, lit with blue and orange lighting
"Coacoochee's Story" Immersive Theater
Theatrical set design, rotating throughout the show
Seminole Tribe members acting on location for an authentic film
BPI worked with members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida
Film crew using a dolly to track a cavalry of soldiers for a military reenactment film
Filming a military reenactment