High School Drama Club Performs Amazing Adaptation of ‘Alien’ with No Budget and Costumes Made from Garbage

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This is the DIY (Do It Yourself) lifestyle at its finest! When students at North Bergen High School in New Jersey ran up against the limited budget for their winter play (because funding was cut for such things years ago), the bright, young men and women had to improvise. And improvise they did.

The kids staged a theatrical adaptation of the 1979 film Alien and made all the costumes and props from recycled materials and garbage, with the help of teacher and art director Steven Defendini. If you need a refresher, here’s the trailer for the original film.

Faced with the unfortunate funding situation, the kids leaped into action and let their creative minds take over. The results were pretty amazing for a play that was only staged twice.

One student involved in the production said, “I think everyone’s reaction to it being Alien was similar to mine where I was just like “That’s crazy. How are they pulling this off?”

Let’s take a look at some of the photos and videos from the production, shall we?





And here’s the Alien backstage in action.


The students even made this impressive trailer for their play.

And it looks like popular demand means MORE SHOWS.

Bravo! And encore! I want to see this thing live!