Random bits of information relating Alice and the theatre.
Alice's first experience on a professional theatrical stage was in October 1965 when The Spiders provided the music for a Phoenix production of 'Bye Bye Birdie' for a short residency.
In late October Billboard reported that Alice was considering starring as ex-baseball star and evangelist Billy Sunday, in a musical play and film of the same name to be produced by Bill Sargent. The script was written by Stephen and Elinor Karpf along with Sargent, and music/lyrics by Sonny James. Rehearsals were due to begin on January 4th 1977 with a proposed January 24th opening date in either New York (contract documents) or Los Angeles, where there was a full page advert for the show in 'Daily Variety' in October 11th 1976(page 24). The existing contract was for 10 weeks, with an option for an additional two weeks, with eight performances a week, out of which Alice MUST do seven. The film was to be directed by Steve Binder. There were also reports the play would be shown in "theater's around the country via closed circuit TV".
"He used to pick up chairs and use them to chase the devil around the stage. He was bigger than Billy Graham" said Alice in the press.
According to documents the idea seemed to be to open the play in New York, and then take it on tour around the Arena circuit (there is mention of a date in Chicago on February 24th, although it's unclear if Alice would still have been involved.), and make a film around the same time also staring Alice. However even before the play got off the ground the producers appeared to be receiving objections due to Alice's involvement. A seperate file with Alice's documentation is titled 'Alice Cooper Hate Mail'. One letter states "I am completely against the appearance of Billy Sunday travisty in Chicago on Fbruary 24th. I think it is horrible tha his nam is being used in connection with rock music. This man has been greatly used of god in the past".
In the end it never seems to have got off the ground, and if it did Alice wasn't part of it.
Hopi Elementary School
From around 1996 and for a few years afterwards (still?) Sheryl Cooper has been involved with the yearly Hopi Christmas plays, often with input from Alice. According to the Arizona Republic in 1996 the show was called 'Fractured Fairy Tales, written by Alice, and included Dash Cooper in the cast. Presumably other Cooper kids were in the plays while they were at the school, hence their parents involvement. Country musician Glen Campbell waas also reported to be involved for the same reason. Over the years the shows have become more and more successful, with the Coopers calling on industry friends to help with sets, lighting etc.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
In October 2013 The New York Post reported that Alice was in discussions to join the cast of the Broadway show 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' as The Green Goblin. It didn't happen, probably as it would have taken too much time out of his yearly schedule.