BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – It has been almost a year since “National Treasure: Edge of History” began filming in the area. A Baton Rouge church recently was featured in one of the episodes.
St James Episcopal Church was shown during episode 7 of the Disney+ TV series. According to St. James, “The cast and crew were onsite back in late May and early June.”
Some members of the congregation were present during the filming including director of music Shannon Gallier. He was a consultant for one day and showed actress Zuri Reed how to play the organ, which was prominently featured in the episode.
During the show, one of the organ pipes turns around. Gallier confirmed that it does not do that in real life. He said, “The stenciled pipes are a Victorian style, and reflect stenciling that used to be on the walls behind the altar around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.”
Gallier also said there was a lot of preparation including “lots of measurements and photos of the organ” before shooting took place.
“The production crew added lots of furniture, paintings and religious paraphernalia to make it look less like a 19th-century Victorian Gothic space and more like a convent in Mexico,” they said.
The organ was made by Goulding & Wood of Indianapolis and installed in June 2021. The church dates back to the 1840s, and the budling exterior you see today when you drive by on North 4th Street is from the mid-1890s.
When asked what he thought about the show being filmed in the church, Gallier said, “I think it’s nice that ours is such an attractive space that a company like Disney would want to film in it.”
There are 10 episodes in the “National Treasure: Edge of History” series with the ninth available to watch on Wednesday, Feb. 1.