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      • Theatrical Makeup

        We're expecting a huge makeup order on Wednesday (October 1) so our makeup department should be fully restocked on that day. Rip re-ordered Mehron foundation sticks and banana powder and a lot of other essentials! 

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      • Miss Adams Morgan

        Planning your 70s look for "Miss Adams Morgan" next weekend? We have loads of 70s-themed costumes for men and women, including large sizes. We have pimps, hippies, classic 70s sitcom looks (think Mrs. Roper!), disco looks (more coming in soon) and the classic 70s Elvis in sizes from small to...

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      • Pirates! Arr Arr Arr!

        Friday, September 19th, is "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" and we arr ready! We have dozens of pirate costumes to rent and buy, from boy and girl costumes to adult costumes in sizes 2 to 24 for women, and up to size 3X for men. In this picture, Kelsey...

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      • Plan ahead for custom costumes

        Halloween is sooner than you think! If you have an idea for a one-of-a-kind special costume, please note that our deadline for ordering custom costumes is September 15th.

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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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    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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