St. Augustine family to appear on Nickelodeon’s ‘The Crystal Maze’

The family could win a grand prize of 25,000

Five out eight of the family members are Deaf, and everyone uses American Sign Language.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind student and her family are set to appear on Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze game show Friday.

The Crystal Maze is a British game show in which a team of contestants take on a range of challenges, a release said.

A family who currently lives in St. Augustine was selected to play. Priscilla, an 11-year-old student at the FSDB, will be the team captain during the game. Her sisters will be her teammates: Savannah, 22; Olivia, 16; Caroline, 13. Mom, June Ann LeFors, is also joining her daughters, giving them the title of “Girl Power.”

June Ann LeFors, an ASL specialist at FSDB, told News4Jax that her family is one of just a few U.S. families to participate. She said what makes her family stand out is that they all have different levels of hearing.

“I have six daughters. Three of them have different levels. One is Deaf and two are unilateral, which means that they are completely deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other ear. Five out of eight of us are Deaf, and everyone uses American Sign Language."

The family was given the opportunity to be on the show after the casting team at Emmy Award-Winning Bunim/Murray Productions (producers of A&E’s Deaf Out Loud) reached out.

LeFors said filming took one full day and they stayed in the UK for eight days visiting Scotland, Wales and other parts of England.

They could win a grand prize of $25,000!

The episode is set to air on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at 7 p.m. LeFors told News4Jax her family and friends are having a watch party for the show.

**You can download the Nickelodeon app to watch the show if you don’t have cable.**

Here’s a preview of us on Crystal Maze! Can we beat the #CrystalMaze? Tune in Friday, February 21st at 7/6c🔮 on Nickelodeon and find out!! Edit** Download Nickelodeon app if you don’t have cable. Free one week trial. Feel free to share!

Posted by June Ann LeFors on Friday, February 14, 2020
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Friday’s Crystal Maze contestants are a multigenerational Deaf family! Do you know ASL?

Posted by Nickelodeon on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The LeFors family on 'The Crystal Maze'

More about the show:

  • Nickelodeon’s The Crystal Maze is an all-new version of the legendary UK hit series with Comedian/writer Adam Conover as host.
  • The Crystal Maze will feature Adam Conover as the Maze Master, charged with guiding one family team through physical and mental challenges set within an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones: Aztec, Eastern, Futuristic and Industrial.
  • In each episode, the youngest family member takes on the role of team Captain. The successful completion of escape-room style challenges are rewarded with a “time crystal” granting the family five seconds in the centerpiece final zone called the Crystal Dome. The more crystals gathered throughout the game, the more time each family has for a dramatic clock countdown challenge inside the iconic Dome for a chance to win up to $25,000

Another clip! Things to know: 1. airs on February 21st at 7p est 2. Nickelodeon channel, but if you don’t have cable, download the Nickelodeon app. (One week free trial) #crystalmaze Fun fact: it was filmed in Bristol, England. Nickelodeon was very accommodating, preparing to hire an interpreter for us....but mama LeFors didn’t want to risk going overseas to find an excellent sign language interpreter that signs fluently in....British Sign Language. ASL and BSL are not the same although both nations read and write English. CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) naturally interpret their surroundings—what the neighbor kid said, what her BFF’s mother said, what the commercial on TV mentioned, what someone behind them at a restaurant said, etc. It comes naturally to them. Instead, the family specifically requested the channel to hire none other but their own adult-age CODA to do the job. Sometimes, a CODA might be best equipped to interpret most accurately a child since they live in the same home. #bestdecisionever #mamaknows *For public awareness- it’s not ok to use young hearing children to interpret for their parents for free. However, Deaf adults, when given the opportunity, can choose an interpreter that best fits the situation, whether that person is related or not. Shareable!

Posted by June Ann LeFors on Monday, February 17, 2020

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.