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Sigourney Weaver Surprises High School Cast of ‘Alien: The Play’ During Encore Performance

In the age of corporate sponsored education reform, endless permission slips, and relentless standardized testing (where some of the companies churning out all these tests and workbooks can be more ruthlessly capitalistic than the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and more unapologetically parasitic than the alien xenomorph in its infantile facehugger phase), it’s uncommon to witness the level of courage and creativity the staff and students of North Bergen High School in North Bergen, New Jersey put into their stage adaptation of Ridley Scott’s classic 1979 film, Alien. Their production made headlines around the world, and photos of the students’ perfectly accurate costumes and amazingly lifelike props and special effects have been impressing everyone for the past few weeks. It turns out that Sigourney Weaver-the star of the cinematic franchise and one of the greatest leading ladies of horror ever to grace the silver screen- was so impressed that she took a special trip to North Bergen High School to give the students an evening they’ll never forget! read more