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      • Costumes for Colonial Events

        Based on the number of phone inquiries we are receiving, there are, a lot of colonial events coming soon. We do have some lovely colonial-era costumes for both men and women, and even for children. Whether you want to be a Whig, a Tory, a soldier, or a farmer, please...

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      • Easter notes

        Our many Easter Bunny costumes are preparing for their yearly outing! We still have a few left, but don't wait. Please note that we will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday.

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      • Props from us

        We have been acquiring more props this year. Our new throne has been rented three times! We also have trees, Roman columns, theater cubes, and a faux wood-and-stone doorway. Donations of props are welcome. If you build something that is too big to store but too good to discard, give...

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      • Dance recital season!

        We've been seeing a lot of dancers in our store this month. We just restocked Capezio men's and women's ballet, tap, and jazz styles. We also have a special closeout of men's patent leather ballroom shoes for $89 (usually $110 and up). Size and availability are limited.  

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      • Easter Pageant Rentals

        Bunny costumes aren't the only Easter-related costumes we carry. We have loads of Biblical robes for both men and women, enough for a whole Easter pageant. We also carry wigs, beards, and special effects makeup such as scars and stage blood. Note: All our Deluxe Roman Soldiers are already rented,...

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    The American Backstage Company

    Rip Claassen at Awesome Con DC Welcome, former customers of Backstage, Inc.

    The American Backstage Company is now open to serve you.  Our store hours are 9:30 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 5 PM on Sundays.  

    The American Backstage Company is Washington’s premier full-service theatrical store, offering costume rentals and sales, accessories, masks, dance shoes, theatre scripts and books, wigs, hats, costume jewelry, and theatrical makeup. We provide costumes for all types of events, from high school musicals to Halloween costumes to Cosplay and Comicon activities to church plays and pageants. We are proud to serve the performing arts community in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

    Masks Our 6,500 square foot store has thousands of rental costumes, an entire wall of hats and wigs for sale, Part of our gigantic hat walla book room where actors can browse to find the perfect audition monologue, new dressing rooms, in-house laundry facilities, and many types of dance shoes. New stock is arriving daily.

    Need scripts?  We have thousands, a much larger selection than you can find anywhere else in the area. Come browse in our Book Room for playscripts, sheet music for musicals, books about theatre history, theatre tech, costumes, the art of acting, makeup, theatrical magazines, audition monologue books, anthologies, and film. 

    In our makeup department, we stock a huge selection of professional theatrical makeup as well as body paints, face paints, Zombie kits, latex appliances, stage blood, whiskers, scars, hair products, and many other hard-to-find items. Our experienced staff can show you how to use these products as well as sell them to you.


    The American Backstage Company is easy to get to.  We are located at 5380 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, just inside the Beltway and a 2-minute walk from the Van Dorn Metro. Free parking is available in our lot. 



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