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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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      • Santa pub crawls? See us!

        We have the best range of Santas ever. Elves, Mrs. Claus, sassy Santas, anything you can imagine to buy or rent.

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      • Santa Claus is Coming to Town

        Christmas is a big season at our store. Our Santa Claus costumes are the busiest outfits in the rental department, with some of the Santa suits expected to attend as many as 12 events this month. Most are the classic Santa in red and white, but we also have variations...

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      • Thanksgiving

        In case you were wondering, we do have a turkey costume in our rental department. Call today to reserve it! We also have plenty of Pilgrims and Indians for your holiday feasts.

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      • Veterans Day is November 11th

        Veterans Day is not a big costume holiday, but if you are in the mood for dressing up, we do have three Uncle Sam outfits to rent, as well as General Patton, General MacArthur, General George Washington, and Civil War Generals Grant and Lee.

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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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