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High school students in New Jersey holding an encore of their performance of “Alien” was an out-of-this-world unexpected visit of one of the film’s original stars: Sigourney Weaver.
The weaver, who played the character Ellen Ripley in 1979, the film which later led to a franchise, surprised students at North Bergen High School on Friday evening when she got to the encore performance of “Alien: The Play.”
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“How exciting it is to be here tonight?” The weaver reportedly told the audience, according to the North Jersey record, which noted that about 800 people present at the production of Friday.
“This is the night I’ve been waiting for!” The weaver added. “I’ve been here a few hours, but I can tell you this is a very special place in a very special place, and in a school like this you have extraordinary teachers…I met the students, and I must say, they are so big.”
A video of the Weaver salutes the playing of the cast after the production has gone viral on Twitter, with almost 230,000 views as of Saturday afternoon.
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“Sigourney Weaver a visit to the NBHS cast and crew of their encore performance of Alien after the national media recognition was unbelievable!” Nicholas J. Sacco, who is the mayor of North Bergen and a state senator from New Jersey 32nd district, wrote alongside the video.
Gabriella Delacruz, 18, who was cast as the production of the main character, told the New York Post meeting the actress “was unreal.”
“She is the queen. I was praying that they would see it, but I thought that she was too busy!” she added.
North Bergen High School Xavier Perez, 16, the Alien, is covered with slime by his guardians Eddie Mantilla, 15, and Cassandra Klima, 16, as they work on the play “Alien”, an adaptation of the Ridley Scott film, in North Bergen, N. J.
(Amy Newman/The Record via AP)
The production drew widespread praise after videos and photos of the performances at the school were posted online. The weaver had pasted a YouTube video of this year where they have the name of the production “incredible.”
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The play, which was staged on a modest budget of $3,500, was also praised by the director of the film of Ridley Scott, who applauded the creativity of the students when it came to the tone of the beautiful sets and special effects. In fact, Scott’s production company, provided $5,000 so that the school can at the encore performance on April 26.
In addition, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts is reportedly the granting of scholarships to both the production, the cast and the crew, per The North Jersey Record.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.