“Coocoachee’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.