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Check Out Alien: The Play Online Now!

Last March, the drama department of North Bergen High School took the Internet by storm with their stage interpretation of Alien! Not only did they garner the attention of Sir Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver, they got to put on an encore showing of Alien: The Play as part of 20th Century Fox’s Alien Day and Alien: 40th Anniversary celebrations!

A lucky few were able to see Alien: The Play in person. And now, thanks to ButtonSmasher on YouTube, the rest of the world can get in on the fun too!

Sigourney Weaver once again proved how amazing she is by attending the showing of Alien: The Play herself and took the time to meet and chat to the students responsible for this viral storm!

TV baking personality Buddy Valastro and his store Carlo’s Bakery also showed the love with a special Alien themed cake presented at the school!

Local news website nj.com posted a pretty cool feature on Alien: The Play that is packed full of behind-the-scenes images that is certainly worth checking out!

The script was adapted from the film by English teacher Perfecto Cuervo, who also directs the play, and worked with art teacher Steven Defendini to create with help from the students the 15 sets, costumes and props, all largely made of recycled materials. With a budget of around $3,500, the cast and crew put the production together with what they could find to make it work while still giving the audience a good scare!

 Check Out Alien: The Play Online Now!

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  1. Corporal Hicks
    Alien vs. Predator Galaxy community member predxeno was fortunate enough to snag a ticket to the encore production that took place on Alien Day 2019 and was kind enough to send in a review!

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/website/articles/alien-the-play-review/

    Some more pictures of the play: https://imgur.com/gallery/E4o1id7

    https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/vulture/2019/04/25/magazine/26-alien.w1100.h733.jpg

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    "I'm just gonna run around like a madman,” says Steven Defendini, the art director at North Bergen High School in New Jersey, as he speed-walks across the stage where in just a couple days, the drama club will do an encore performance of their now Internet-famous staging of Alien: The Play. He needs to fix up the tail of the alien — ahem, xenomorph — because it’s starting to go limp from the two-a-day rehearsals they’ve been doing during Spring Break. The tail itself was a puzzle that had him testing out copper tubes and PVC pipes before realizing what would give it the perfect menacing sway: a hula hoop."

    https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/alien-the-play-north-bergen-high-school-behind-the-scenes.html
  2. Mr. Clemens
    Watched this yesterday morning; meant to just give it a quick browse, and ended up watching the entire thing. Utterly charming! And those pressure suits were amazing.

    I attempted the same thing in Grade 6, but didn't get as far (obviously). My cast had memorized all their lines/blocking up to the trio departing the Nostromo, though!  :D
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