High School theater performers and directors often want to take on ambitious projects.
North Bergen High School did just that as you may recall from our earlier coverage of the story.
The New Jersey public school decided to turn the movie Alien into a stage play for their spring production. Talk about an ambitious undertaking for a school drama club.
With a reported budget of $3,500, the sets and costumes were made from recycled materials. But news of their production quickly went viral, attracting attention from some pretty important people in the Alien franchise of films.
The North Bergen Drama Club got online kudos from the original film's star, Sigourney Weaver, and received a letter from Alien director Ridley Scott giving credit to their:
"creativity, imagination and determination."
The 40th anniversary of the franchise was Friday. It coincided with a much requested encore performance of Alien: The Play.
But North Bergen Drama Club got a big surprise this time. Weaver, who played Ripley in the Alien franchise, arrived at the school to attend and participate in the performance.
Below is the video CBS shared of the event.
'Alien' Star Surprises NJ High School Performers youtu.be
Weaver even took to the stage as the Xenomorph during the encore production.
Nick Sacco, the mayor of North Bergen, relayed information from New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts which has:
"presented each student of the cast and crew with a $1k scholarship to their summer program as well as each Senior with a $10k scholarship to the college."
He also shared the video below, which was aired by the local news.
Sigourney Weaver visiting the NBHS cast and crew at their encore performance of Alien after national media recognit… https://t.co/RlYUpHZg6y— Nicholas J. Sacco (@Nicholas J. Sacco)1556328860.0
The fans showed their support and praise for Sigourney and the students.
@NicholasJSacco @AlienAnthology Man she’s a God!!! All Hail Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)!!! https://t.co/ESEe7iXtyD— Jen Blood (@Jen Blood)1556380073.0
@NicholasJSacco I love that it says “Break a leg, Burst a chest” on the board behind them. Stellar group of kids!— Stitchy McYarnpants (@Stitchy McYarnpants)1556370334.0
@NicholasJSacco We can never be thankful enough for the great Sigourney Weaver. She has saved our planet several times over.— GREGG ZOCCHI (@GREGG ZOCCHI)1556373911.0
@NicholasJSacco What an incredible moment for some very talented young artists. This would a very life defining moment.— S.L. Richardson (@S.L. Richardson)1556396879.0
@NicholasJSacco I love her! :D keep inspiring those kids, so that one day they can give back to the next generation https://t.co/wiQNL4bXjR— Zeno (@Zeno)1556396203.0
@NicholasJSacco @PatrickGilmore #SigourneyWeaver is one Class Act! These kids will remember this day for the rest o… https://t.co/tcX8RLKrT6— Steve W Oatway (@Steve W Oatway)1556392953.0
@NicholasJSacco Oh yes!! Teary-eyed for sure. Sigourney Weaver, you have a great heart! Your performance 40 years a… https://t.co/4GoPVOA1JZ— Aaron Wright (@Aaron Wright)1556389367.0
Bravo to everyone involved!