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      • 2016 Costume Popularity

        What to wear on Halloween in the year of the "Stinkuel" Or: Rip's Costume Predictions 2016 Having run a professional costume shop for many years, I have discovered that every year during the last two weeks of Halloween, the reporters start calling you to ask what the hottest costumes are...

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      • EXTENDED HOURS for Halloween!

        Beginning October 15, we have extended hours of 9:30 AM to 9 PM, Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 6 PM on Sundays.

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      • Memorial Day is Coming!

        Want to add some pizzazz to your Memorial Day picnic? Show up as Uncle Sam or the Statue of Liberty! Call us soon if you want to rent a patriotic costume, or just about anything else your imagination can suggest.

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      • May the Fourth Be With You!

        Thinking of celebrating Star Wars Day? We have all kinds of Star Wars costumes, just give us a call to become Darth Vader!

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      • St. Patrick's Day is March 17th.

        Our leprechaun costumes are going fast! Come in to reserve yours today.

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    The American Backstage Company

    Phone us at 703-212-8982

    We are open to serve you 9:30 AM to 7 PM,  Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 5 PM on Sundays. Beginning October 15th, we offer extended Halloween hours!

    MasksThe 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.

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    Our 6,500 square foot store has thousands of rental costumes, an entire wall of hats and wigs for sale, a 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. 


    Part of our gigantic hat wall

    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.


    Our sign

    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. Look for our sign and enter at the back of the building.



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