An official account for the original movie on Twitter said: 'We are impressed! The North Bergen School District is a neighborhood based school system serving students from Pre-Kindergarten to High School. The North Bergen High School play, a stage adaptation of the 1979 sci-fi film Alien, has become a viral sensation in recent weeks, and even Lieutenant Ellen Ripley took notice. In spring 2019, North Bergen High School went viral with their Alien: The Play.A few months later Adam visits the New Jersey school, where art teacher Steven Defendini gives him a tour of the students’ previous builds (including a full-sized Incredible Hulk and Millennium Falcon) leading up to the stunning Alien … New Jersey’s North Bergen High School produced an impressive array costumes and an astounding stage design with recycled materials - some of which were found on the streets. Steven Defendini, an art teacher at the school, was the mastermind behind the creative extraterrestrial costumes. 'To pull off something of that caliber, every set, every costume is re-purposed in one way or another,' he explained. He explained: 'We really weren’t sure if people would laugh at what we were doing.'. A high school in New Jersey recently put on "Alien: The Play", a stage production based on Ridley Scott's hit sci-fi movie "Alien". A high school production of the iconic 1979 movie “Alien” has burst onto the scene and even garnered Hollywood’s attention. SUBSCRIBE NOW $1 for 3 months. Steven's girlfriend Danijela Belovarac reported on Twitter that the reason they had to use recycled material is because the funding for the school's district was cut a few years ago. But it has quickly grown into a … It's not everyday that the drama club produces a play about a space freighter crew trying to survive a deadly encounter with a sharp-toothed extraterrestrial. Students at North Bergen High School recently went viral for putting on an amazingly intricate stage production of the 1979 horror classic Alien.With a … Among those credited with the design is artist Steven Defendini, a North Bergen High School teacher who instructs drawing and digital media. "Blows my high school's adaptation of Pink Flamingos out of the water.". North Bergen High School’s Alien: The Play is currently on YouTube in its entirety. "This is a nice validation of eight months of work for all these students.". The film’s director, Ridley Scott, donated $5,000 to the school for an encore performance. The play has been such a success that North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco has offered to fund an additional performance of the play. In total, the production is estimated to have cost less than $3,500, Success! The group turned Ridley Scott’s masterpiece into a stage play that was performed only twice, on March 19 and 22, 2019. The play, which was a take on the 1979 classic Alien, featured costumes including astronauts and aliens. Hair he is! A high school in New Jersey has gone viral after it put on a play version of 1979 fantasy movie Alien. While it may be true that "in space, no one can hear you scream," the same cannot be said for those who attended North Bergen High School's stage production of the sci-fi, horror classic "Alien" last week. Photos began appearing online after the student production took place for two nights only on Tuesday, March 19 and Friday, March 22. Those clips drew the attention of celebrities like actor Patton Oswalt. A school in New Jersey has gone viral for its stage production of 1979 horror movie Alien, which they ran for two nights last week, Impressive: Students at North Bergen High School, New Jersey put on the play on Tuesday, March 19 and Friday, March 22, and have received an overwhelmingly positive response, Creative: Steven Defendini, an art teacher at the school, was the mastermind behind the creative extraterrestrial costumes, all of which were made from recycled clothes and items, Woah: Similarly, the stage props were created using recycled items, many of which Steven found when he went scouring around the area on recycling nights ahead of the show, Cool! Relationship experts reveal the best ways to get over a... 'Frighteningly dangerous': Essential oils guide is SLAMMED... 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But despite the play turning out well, Steven said they weren't always very confident in the story they had chosen to put on. Speaking to NJ.com Justin Pierson, who worked on the lighting for the stage production, said the set and costumes were made from recycled materials. Fun! But while only hundreds may have seen "Alien: The Play" at its two showings last week, thousands have watched videos of the production that have gone viral this weekend on social media. Savvy mother quoted £15,000 to transform her dated 'eyesore' kitchen into a rustic farmhouse-inspired space... Cervical cancer survivor, 30, reveals she was left infertile after delaying smear test and says if she had... 'Don't even know I'm wearing a bra': Shoppers say these £13 seamless bras are so comfortable you feel like... Is THIS the most sensible Lottery winner ever? Speaking to Bored Panda, Justin explained the reason the school chose to perform Alien rather than another play. Delacruz played Ellen Ripley – a character considered groundbreaking as one of the first adventure stories with a female lead character. According to the New York Times, teachers at the school estimated that the entire production came to less than $3,500. He explained that many of the items came from thrift stores and random objects that were no longer being used. The clip has now garnered over 150,000 views. According to a report by ABC News , Weaver visited the school for its final showing of Alien: The Play on Friday night, letting the students know how impressed she was with their work. 'Alien' at North Bergen gets an extended run after a shoestring produced a viral sensation, If this Montclair mansion gets built, it will be bigger than the White House, Here's what it really is and who will pay, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. North Bergen High School’s drama club staged the play on the 19th and 22nd this past week, and one of the school’s students posted some details about the production on Reddit. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. And as images of the production - Alien: The Play - surfaced on social media, people online began praising the students and production team behind the play. “Alien: The Play” had its encore performance at North Bergen High School in New Jersey with a special guest in attendance: Ellen Ripley herself, known on this planet as Sigourney Weaver. While most high schools tend to opt for old school classical plays, North Bergen High School decided to go all out and do an adaptation of Alien. North Bergen High School's drama club is in the spotlight after their two-night stage production of "Alien: The Play," based on the 1979 sci-fi/horror classic. The teacher explained that they made astronaut jackets using blankets, and that they recycled the the pants from thrift stores. Students at North Bergen High School recently performed a stage version of the original Alien sci-fi film from 1979. Check out those hand-crafted special effects (not to mention that sound and lighting design) while you can! Since word got out about the play, people online have been raving about it. Classic: Alien: The Play was the high school's take on 1979 classic horror movie Alien, which featured Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt and Ian Holm, Original: The movie follows the story of the crew of a commercial space ship when an alien invades their space craft. However, due to the school's funding being cut a number of years ago, students and teachers had to work a little harder to make their play come to life. Steven explained that they recycled objects to create the costumes and set props. - nj.com, New Jersey School Play Based On ¿Alien¿ Goes Viral, High School ¿Alien¿ Production Wins Internet Raves - The New York Times, This Amazing School Play Of ¿Alien¿ Had No Budget And Used Trash To Make Costumes | Bored Panda. Just anything that was lying around like cardboard and metal.'. Those involved in the stage production even went as far as creating a trailer for the play, which was uploaded to YouTube. 40 years and still going strong...', Actor and comedian Paul Scheer tweeted about the play, saying: 'Can’t stop posting video from this - Alien needs to go to Broadway NOW! A high-school drama club goes intergalactic. Kate Middleton shows off VERY long locks in video call with NHS staff as she 'sets... Can YOU spot the winter driving hazards in this puzzle? A peek behind the scenes at the North Bergen High School production, Alien: The Play, which went viral last month. he said on social media. The crew also made costumes, which included two alien costumes and four astronauts. Intelligencer Sigourney Weaver surprised the ambitious high school drama club behind the viral Alien: The Play when she showed up at North Bergen High School’s encore performance Friday, which marked the … The cast included Ibrahim Jaludi, David De Diego, Pedro Sarmiento, Britney Gonzalez, Jason Lopez, Dakota Rios and Gabriella Delacruz. The horror film, which was released in 1979, follows the story of the crew of a commercial space ship when an alien invades their space craft. Boy, 15 months, born with a full head of thick hair needs a daily blow dry to tame his luscious... Dreaming of a post-pandemic holiday? © 2021 www.northjersey.com. Luke Skywalker) are … Speaking about the school's production in a statement, he said: 'All of North Bergen is proud of the incredibly creative and inventive play our students created, and it's only right that they have the opportunity to perform it one more time now that it has gained such notoriety. "This is fantastic," he wrote on Twitter. 'Haha Josh at @cinepocalypse is dead serious about having the @northbergenhs kids come to Chicago to put on their Alien adaptation,' he added. Much of it was made with recycled materials on a low budget. The comments below have not been moderated. Father-of-one who scooped £1million aged 22 reveals he  wears... No lockdown haircut here! The teacher, who specifies in teaching drawing and digital media, said he and six students built 15 different sets for the production. North Bergen High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade from North Bergen, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the North Bergen School District.The school is the district's only high school, and its student body includes residents of both North Bergen and Guttenberg. A high school drama club in North Bergen, New Jersey, put on a production of Alien last week — and social media users are amazed at how good it turned out.. Local stage production and design shop in Jersey City Tom Carroll Scenery kindly donated a number of items to the school production. The talented students of the North Bergen High School Drama Club took on a really ambitious project of adapting the classic Ridley Scott film Alien into a theatrical production.According to those in attendance, the performance was simply out of this world. 'I think everyone’s reaction to it being Alien was similar to mine where I was just like "That’s crazy. The North Bergen High School students who put on a stage production of Ridley Scott’s “Alien” have made a fan out of the director himself. Sigourney Weaver, one of the stars of the original “Alien” movie, has taken notice of an adaption of the famed space-horror film by students at North Bergen High School. However, after two successful runs of the show, it became clear that their hard work and effort had paid off. North Bergen High School’s drama club … The North Bergen School System curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards and State Assessment Program. Governor Phil Murphy took time out of his efforts this weekend swaying legislators to support his efforts to legalize recreational marijuana to praise the students. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. (But only with HS kids)'. Screams echoed through the school auditorium along with cheering and applause at the unusual and ambitious adaptation of the 1979 film that has caught the attention of tens of thousands of people across the globe. 'I'm excited that out Foundation can play a role in making this happen and I can't wait to watch 'Alien' and see our students shine,' he added. Meanwhile, their helmets were created using floor mat foam and bottle caps. The play featured eight school students who took on the film's iconic characters, which were originally played by Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt and Ian Holm. A North Bergen, NJ high school play depicting the classic sci-fi film Alien got a surprise visit Friday from the star of the original film, Sigourney Weaver.. "I hear it was out of this world!" Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, has a close encounter in the film, Alien 3. NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey high school’s production of “Alien” has earned some high praise from high-profile supporters. Published: 21:54 GMT, 25 March 2019 | Updated: 11:21 GMT, 26 March 2019. The devoted art teacher also revealed he would drive around on recycling night scouring for different items that he could use to transform into stage props and pieces of costumes. Over the past week, high school theatre has been buzzing over North Bergen High School’s adaptation of the movie, ‘Alien’. "I think I can speak for the cast and crew when I say we are excited and beyond humbled," Defendini said on Twitter. He said: 'We don’t have really any budget - we recycle everything, everything is repurposed and recycled 10 times over until we get the look we need.'. He added that the group of students involved in the play are 'an extremely hard working group'. And the New Jersey-based school didn't mess around when it came to going all out with their take on Alien, which was directed by one of the school's English teachers - Perfecto Cuervo. 'I believe the idea spurred up because the teacher in charge of the entire operation, Mr. Cuervo, saw a failed production and it being the 40th anniversary. Speaking to BuzzFeed News the New Jersey-based teacher said: 'Our performance of Alien really shows you can do so much with so little, and as long as there is a passion there to do these things, they are possible.'. Megamansion:If this Montclair mansion gets built, it will be bigger than the White House, NJ bill derided as 'rain tax' is law:Here's what it really is and who will pay. All rights reserved. The role helped propel Sigourney Weaver to stardom. People share their jaw-dropping 'one in a million' stories in viral TikTok trend -... Auschwitz survivor, 97, celebrates her first walk outside in a month after making a 'miraculous recovery'... 'Divorce him!' North Bergen High School students put on a stage production of the classic sci-fi, horror film and drew raves from across the globe. The play was the school's take on 1979 horror movie Alien. These N.J. high school students put on an ¿Alien¿-themed play, and the set looks freakin¿ amazing. Sigourney Weaver congratulates the students of North Bergen High School's Drama Club who got Hollywood's attention with an incredible stage production of 'Alien.' As of Monday morning, a trailer made for the North Bergen play had 122,000 views. The play was adapted and directed by English teacher Perfecto Cuervo. UPDATE:'Alien' at North Bergen gets an extended run after a shoestring produced a viral sensation, Students, teachers and staff have drawn praise from theater fans, science fiction fans and industry professionals like renowned special effects designer Adam Savage, co-host of the TV show "MythBusters.". 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In effort to raise awareness about their school play, the students and teachers involved in the production created a trailer and uploaded it to YouTube, Viral: The play ran for two nights, and has since gone viral after people began posting photos and videos about it online in the days that followed, Budget: Steven said the production 'didn't really have a budget' because they recycled most things. North Bergen High School gets a standing ovation for the most epic school play of all time by recreating an on stage version of Ridley Scott's hit film "Alien". Sigourney Weaver, who played Ellen Ripley in the Alien movies, visited North Bergen High … How are they pulling this off? Viral: Since the play took place last week, it has gone viral, as people have been raving about the overall production. What caught most people's attention is the professional-looking set design that many say perfectly captures the eerie, dystopian look of the film. ",' he said. Recalling seeing photos of their production going viral on social media when he was cleaning up after the production, Steven said: 'We did not expect this.'. North Bergen High School, in New Jersey, ran Alien: The Play on Tuesday, March 19 and Friday, March 22. Justin said: 'This is going to sound really funny but (the set crew used) garbage essentially. However, the date of the extra show has yet to be announced. Tricky new seek-and-find tests bad weather safety... Elegance coach reveals the clothes that make you look 'common' and turn off 'classy' men - including... How to land your dream job amid the pandemic: Recruitment expert reveals why you should sell your lockdown... What are the chances! New Jersey’s North Bergen High School drama club students recently proved that when they performed their own take on the 1979 science fiction horror classic Alien. 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