Sigourney Weaver Alien play, famed space-horror film by students

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Sigourney Weaver Alien play, famed space-horror film by students.

Sigourney Weaver, one of the stars of the original “Alien” movie, has taken notice of an adaption of the famed space-horror film by students at North Bergen High School.

Weaver, who played Lt. Ellen Ripley in the 1979 film as well as its three sequels, appeared in a 40-second video praising the production, which has been hailed as a hit by other celebrities and turned into a social media sensation.

“I saw a bit of your production of Alien,” Weaver said of a theatrical production titled “Alien: The Play.” “I just want to say it looked incredible. You put so much heart and soul into that and the alien, I must say, looked very real to me. I just wanted to send our compliments – not only from me but from James Cameron and the original screenwriter Walter Hill. We all say, ‘bravo. – well done.’”

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The space-themed set is complete with students wearing NASA-like spacesuits, and ominous, rocky galactic terrain and ruins.

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Drama teacher Perfecto Cuervo said art teacher Steven Defendini was the mastermind behind the set design and the crew has been working since September to bring the creepy space-scape to life. Senior Justin Pierson, who worked on the sound crew for the play, said the set was made largely of recycled materials.

Cuervo responded on Twitter on Thursday morning, saying the drama club was “deeply honored and completely blown away” by Sigourney’s praise. “The kids can’t stop screaming!”

The show made its debut March 19 at North Bergen High School and many urged the school to put on additional shows, but teachers said they weren’t sure there was enough cash in the budget to keep it going.

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That changed Monday morning, when North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco’s non-profit foundation pledged funds for more performances.

Weaver concluded her comments with a warning for North Bergen students.

“And just one more thing. The alien might still be around. So when you’re opening your locker, do it very slowly.”

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