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        August 18-22 Advanced improvisation "boot camp" for high school students. Classes normally go for $300 a week, but THIS WEEK ONLY $75- that's 75% off! Limited space available, call now at 703-212-8982. Students will learn about short form improv and long form of all types- improvisational theatre games teach the...

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      • Summer Madness Voucher Sale

        This is a limited time offer. For $50, the American Backstage Company will give you a special voucher worth $100 toward costume rentals, $75 toward merchandise (books, dance, costumes or make-up), or $150 toward classes and monologue coaching sessions. Limit 4 vouchers per customer; vouchers are limited while supplies last....

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      • Fourth of July

        Want to add some pizzazz to your Independence Day picnic? Show up as Uncle Sam or the Statue of Liberty! We will be closed on July 4th, so call us soon if you want to rent a patriotic costume.

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      • Gilded Age Musings

        Now popular: Gilded Age styles! Think Lillie Langtry, think Mae West, think Downton Abbey. These late-VIctorian early-Edwardian gowns are gorgeous, and we have several gowns in every size from 2 to 2X. But there's a catch, dear customers. You have to come in to try them on. Yes, really. They...

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      • Cinco de Mayo

        The next "costume holiday" is CINCO DE MAYO and we have some wonderful costumes! Whether you want to keep it simple with a poncho and sombrero, or become a glamorous flamenco dancer or bullfighter, we can send you off to your party in style.

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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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