The Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation, the non-profit organization of the North Bergen mayor, will pay for encore performances of the high school’s “Alien” production that’s receiving worldwide praise.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“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,” Sacco said in a statement.
“I’m excited that our Foundation can play a role in making this happen and I can’t wait to watch ‘Alien’ and see our students shine.”
Based on the 1979 sci-fi hit directed by Ridley Scott, Alien premiered last week at NBHS and immediately became an online hit, with social media posts showing the elaborate sets and costumes created by students going viral.
The play has been written about in local and entertainment focused news outlets, who praised the students for the offbeat production.
Sacco said he contacted Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter over the weekend and offered to cover the costs of new shows.
“We have all been absolutely floored by the positive attention this play has brought to our school and our students, and it is wonderful to see Mayor Sacco step up and provide funding so that our incredible cast will once again be able to showcase their months of hard work,” said NBHS Drama Teacher Perfecto Cuervo, who directed the play.
“On behalf of our students I want to thank Mayor Sacco and invite everyone to come out and see the show.”
Students had been working on the show since it started in September and their first performance was on March 19th.
While Friday was scheduled to be their finale, the show will go on, though the future performance dates are yet to be determined.
Last night the North Bergen High School in New Jersey put on ‘Alien’ as their school play and it looks absolutely incredible.#hrgiger#Alien#rushmore pic.twitter.com/5jopUecFil
â€” Paul Owens (@oh_pollo) March 23, 2019