Sigourney Weaver Surprises Students For Encore Performance Of Viral 'Alien' Play

April 30, 2019

Sigourney Weaver surprised students at North Bergen High School in New Jersey during their latest production of "Alien" after their first show went viral.

The first version of the high school drama club's production took the internet by storm last month for its elaborate costumes, stage design and nostalgia for the original film.

But the students only had enough money to put the production on for two nights. That was until the director of the original film, Ridley Scott, donated $5,000 after the performance went viral.

"My hat comes off to all of your creativity, imagination and determination to produce such an ambitious show,” Scott wrote in a letter to the drama club. "Limitations often produce the best results because imagination and determination can surpass any shortfalls and determine the way forward — ALWAYS."

 

Friday marked the 40th anniversary of the classic sci-fi film, so the drama club decided to celebrate with an encore production of the play.

Sigourney Weaver herself surprised the students, met them and sat in the audience.

"Oh my gosh, they were screaming, crying. Our one girl that plays Ripley was just hugging her, she couldn't believe it. It was great. It was pretty awesome - it's just a great validation of what we did today," said play director Perfecto Cuervo.

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