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Sigourney Weaver surprises the cast of high-school 'Alien' play

The star of Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi film attended a performance of the now-viral production

North Bergen High School's Xavier Perez, who plays the Alien, is covered in slime by his handlers Eddie Mantilla and Cassandra Klima as they work on the play. AP
North Bergen High School's Xavier Perez, who plays the Alien, is covered in slime by his handlers Eddie Mantilla and Cassandra Klima as they work on the play. AP

Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in Ridley Scott’s space-horror Alien franchise, surprised students at an American high school on Friday as they restaged a play based on the sci-fi film.

Students at North Bergen High, in New Jersey, first put on Alien the Play last month, after which photos of their sets and costumes made from recycled materials went viral online.

Internet users were impressed with the students’ ingenuity. The show had a limited budget, so astronaut costumes were created from blankets, helmets were made by combining floor mat foam and bottle caps and one of the sets, a computer room, was even made from egg boxes.

After receiving lots of positive feedback online, Scott gave $5,000 (Dh18,365) to the school to restage the play with a bigger budget. Then, Weaver surprised the cast by stopping by for the encore performance.

In a video posted to Twitter on Friday, the 69-year-old actress is seen walking down a school hallway unannounced, before students begin to recognise her:

“I am representing all of the Alien fans all over the universe who think what you’re doing is so cool and so important,” Weaver told the students.

The show’s artistic director, teacher Steven Defendini, told Buzzfeed News: “Our performance of Alien really shows you can do so much with so little. As long as there is a passion there to do these things, they are possible."

Updated: April 28, 2019 01:29 PM

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