Priscilla LeFors, an FSDB Deaf Middle School student, and her family are set to appear on Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze game show Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at 7 p.m. The LeFors family is one of just a few U.S. families to experience The Crystal Maze as part of Nickelodeon’s new 10-episode American version of the show, which originated in the U.K. in the 1990s.
The LeFors family taped the show in September 2019 in Bristol, England, which is the original setting of the British version. The youngest family member serves as the team captain, giving 11-year old Priscilla the rare opportunity to be the boss of her mom and sisters. Joining Priscilla on the show are sisters Savannah (22), Olivia (16), Caroline (13), and mom, June Ann, who is an ASL specialist at FSDB.
The show is a fun, unique competition where family members take on a range of tasks set within an elaborate labyrinth consisting of four zones from which each team is challenged to escape. Each successful escape will earn the families five seconds in the show’s final challenge, where they will compete for up to $25,000.
The casting team at the Emmy award-winning Bunim/Murray Productions (producers for A&E’s Deaf Out Loud and other shows) reached out to the LeFors family to be on Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze. And what an adventure it’s been.
“The casting team thought our family was a good fit for The Crystal Maze and encouraged us to audition for it, and we were selected for one of the 10 shows,” June Ann said. “It was an awesome, positive experience. Nickelodeon was very considerate of our needs and even hired Scarlett to be our interpreter, which worked out great as there’s quite a difference between British and American sign languages.”
The LeFors family made the most of the taping; they turned the trip into a vacation, spending more than a week touring the United Kingdom. The girls and their parents took in the sights in England, Scotland and Wales.
For more information about The Crystal Maze, please visit www.nick.com/shows/the-crystal-maze
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