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      • This just in!

        Wigs! Eyelashes! Mustaches! Sideburns! Beards! We just got in a HUGE order from Lacey's. Lacey Costume Wigs has been the main purveyor of wigs to the New York City theatrical community for almost a hundred years. These are not the cheap throw-aways. They are theatrical-quality products you won't find at...

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      • Introducing Ben Nye Shimmer Powder

        We are excited about this outstanding new product. It comes in three popping shimmery colors: Cameo for lighter skin tones, Banana for medium skin tones, and finally Bronze for darker skin tones.  Oh, don't worry we still carry Nye's popular Luxury Powders and Translucent Powders.

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      • MARDI GRAS

        We are OPEN today for Mardi Gras, so come pick up your costumes, select masks, and even consider some of our awesome professional-quality body paint! We have masks in both the French and Italian styles. Plenty of crowns and tiaras and other high-quality costume jewelry (metal, not plastic).    ...

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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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    The American Backstage Company

    We are 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.

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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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