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The Great Escape pilot, filmed at Singer Castle, will be shown Saturday


CHIPPEWA BAY – Visitors to Singer Castle on Saturday will get more than a tour.

Singer Castle and Uncle Sam Boat Tours have teamed up to offer a combined tour centered around the unaired pilot episode of the “The Great Escape,” filmed at the castle.

Over 200 guests will have the opportunity to cruise Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Alexandria Bay, and watch the unaired pilot of The Great Escape, a show in which six contestants are trapped in remote locations must struggle to break free using teamwork, wit and force. After the show, visitors will get to tour the 110-year old castle.

The crew spent over two weeks in September 2011 at the castle to film the 42-minute unaired pilot that was later pitched to and picked up by executives at Turner Network Television.

The producers were attracted by the island’s isolation and the passageways and hundreds of antiques inside the castle, Singer Castle General Manager Thomas A. Wheldon said Wednesday.

“It had real charm to them,” said Mr. Wheldon. “We let them change parts of the castle. They were so happy to be able to make a great course for the show.”

Fake walls, fake floors and other obstacles were installed throughout the castle to force contestants to think of alternative ways to escape.

“Visitors can walk through all the passageways, see many of the props and all the rooms that were used, and hear about all set,” Mr. Wheldon said.

Tickets are $25. Over 130 people have already signed up for the event. The castle will take up to 200 reservations, Mr. Wheldon said.

“People are going to see things about Singer Castle they haven’t seen,” said Mr. Wheldon. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people who have already been to see something new.”

Tickets are available for advance reservation only by calling 324-3275.

The boat boards at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and departs promptly at 1 p.m. from Alexandra Bay.

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