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New Jersey High School's Celebrated 'Alien' Play Gets Encore

"Alien: The Play" was performed last month at North Bergen High School

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    New Jersey High School Adapts 'Alien' for the Stage, Goes Viral

    Sci-fi fans rejoice! Just before its 40th anniversary, the popular 1979 classic, "Alien," has been adapted for the stage by the students at North Bergen County High School. The production had 24 cast and crew members and took about 7 months to prepare, according to art director Steven Defendini. "Alien: The Play" garnered major national attention after the students' performances on March 19 and 21. Defendini told NBC News that the students are excited about the buzz surrounding the show. Wale Aliyu reports.

    (Published Friday, March 29, 2019)

    A New Jersey high school's stage production of "Alien" is coming back with help from the 1979 film's director, Ridley Scott.

    "Alien: The Play" was performed last month at North Bergen High School, which sits about 2 miles from the Lincoln Tunnel into New York City.

    Images of the production's elaborate sets and special effects drew a huge response online, and Scott wrote a letter to the school praising the students' creativity.

    Sigourney Weaver played the character Ellen Ripley in the movie that spawned a franchise.

    She taped a YouTube video in which she called the production "incredible."

    The play's director, teacher Perfecto Cuervo, said in an email that Scott's production company provided $5,000 so the school could put on an encore performance April 26.