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      • Invited to a party?

        Happy 2015! Now that New Year's Eve is behind us, it's time to start planning for the next major "costume holiday." Whether it's called Mardi Gras, Carnivale, Fasching, or one of the other regional festivals, you will definitely need a mask. We carry masks for all the different traditions. Fasching...

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      • Super Santa Sale Gets Even Better!

        When Santa shows up in person, a great festivity becomes even more special! Now through Christmas Eve, Santa is on sale. All our Christmas costumes for purchase are 20% off. Rental Santa costumes (which include wig and beard, belt and boot tops) are also discounted! The suits that usually rent...

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      • Holiday Special

        On sale now, 20% off all children's costumes and 10% off all puppets. These items make great holiday gifts and help make the holiday snapshots special!

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      • Holiday Hours

        We will close at 3 PM on Christmas Eve, and will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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      • 1920s New Years Eve

        This year's hottest New Year's Eve parties seem to have a 1920s or Great Gatsby theme! There's a good reason why our largest costume rental section is for the 1920s. Women are renting flapper dresses and tango dresses, and men are dressing in gangster costumes, striped jackets, and zoot suits....

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    The American Backstage Company

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

     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.

    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.


    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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