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      • Invited to a party?

        Happy 2016! 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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      • Halloween is NOT the only "costume holiday"!

        Are you feeling sad and mopey to see the end of Halloween 2015? Remember,  all kinds of occasions deserve costumes.  Thanksgiving is coming and we have traditional Pilgrim outfits galore!  Then there's Saint Nick,  Santa and Mrs.  Claus,  Christmas pageant attire -  our Three Wise Men are glorious.  Up next, ...

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        Maybe not yet, but we're having a free ZOMBIE MAKEUP DEMO session on Saturday, October 10th, at 3 PM in our classroom. Call the store to sign up (703 212 8982) or e-mail americanbackstagecompany@gmail.com. Always popular, this costume look is particularly hot in 2015.  Inspired by the four zombie-themed television...

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      • Theatrical Makeup

        Banana Powder is in stock but FLYING out of the store. We are receiving shipments of theatrical makeup every day. Especially "hot" this week, facepaint palettes and latex blood!

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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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    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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