Freedom Theater


Freedom Theater Museum Theater Show Recently opened at the end of 2023, the THG team is proud to have collaborated with repeat client National World War II Museum in New Orleans on the Freedom Theater at the Liberation Pavilion. The museum wanted to add a more intimate attraction within a new building on their campus. The new show focuses on the Four Freedoms FDR laid out (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear) and the expanding global role the United States was destined to play in the post-WWII era.   As a ticketed attraction, the need to handle sufficient audience flow directly conflicted with the available space within a new building filled with exhibits and displays. The inspiration came to seat the audience on a turntable, which managed both requirements.   The installation comprises a pre-show area and a three-act show, which presents significant and unique challenges, including a significant amount of lighting, electromechanical and scenic elements packed around the audience.   The 44-foot diameter turntable is split in half, allowing 64 guests seated on one half to view the first of three acts before rotating at the start of Act 2. The show settles into act 3 after rotating 180 degrees. Once there, the other side of the table is loaded with 64 more guests for Act 1. Throughout the entire 20-minute show, moving scenery, shattered buildings, video screens appear and disappear; projection mapping covers walls and ceilings, and rich sound fills each half of the theater. An inflatable, acoustic gasket and double thick walls had to be designed to prevent sound bleed between the two audience groups. Location New Orleans, Louisianna, USA CLIENT National World War II Museum Industry Museums — Theater Show More Projects

Beyond All Boundaries


Beyond All Boundaries Immersive Theater THG designed and produced Beyond All Boundaries, a groundbreaking theatrical experience at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The show, produced in collaboration with Executive Producer Tom Hanks, combines panoramic media, kinetic sets, and special effects to the tell the story of World War II to new audiences. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans presented THG with a monumental challenge: tell the story of America’s World War II experience in a way that captivates younger visitors learning about WWII for the first time, while equally connecting with WWII veterans and history buffs for whom the basics are second nature. THG delivered Beyond All Boundaries, a groundbreaking theatrical experience that has become the Museum’s signature attraction. In collaboration with Executive Producer Tom Hanks and the Museum, THG created an experience founded in the authentic, first-person accounts of people who were involved in the U.S.’s WWII effort. To bring those stories to life—while also conveying the nearly incomprehensible scale of the war—THG created a 4D theater event that combines epic-scale, multilayered projections, kinetic sets and props, immersive audio, atmospheric special effects and an emotional musical score. During the show, audiences feel tank treads rumbling across North Africa’s deserts, brush snow from their cheeks during the Battle of the Bulge, and recoil from enemy anti-aircraft fire as opposing forces try to bring down “their” B-17. In addition to increasing and sustaining long-term attendance figures at the Museum, Beyond All Boundaries was recognized with a 2010 Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association and a 2010 Gold MUSE Award from the American Alliance  of Museums. Location New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Client The National WWII Museum Industry Museums Awards 2010 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement 2010 Gold Muse Award, Multi-Media Installation More Projects

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