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      • What does "Quality" mean?

        It's all very well to cite "Quality" as the difference between our costumes and the ones at the party store. What does this really mean? - In addition to costumes for sale, we have rental costumes. These are made to last, not for one evening but for many occasions. Many...

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      • From Metro Weekly

        Our friends at Metro Weekly, this region's free weekly for the LGBT community, interviewed Rip recently for Halloween ideas: http://www.metroweekly.com/2014/10/halloween-costume-prep/

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      • Our busiest time

        Yes, Halloween is our busiest time of year. Theatrical makeup, in particular body paint, is coming and going fast! We have makeup deliveries three times a week.

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        Beginning on Columbus Day, we will expand our store hours. Extended Halloween hours are 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 on Sundays.

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      • Rip Claassen's Top Ten Costumes of 2014

        The overarching trend this decade is a fusion of fantasy and history. With the popularity of alternate superheroes and alternate timeline fiction, people are now freshening up their costume looks by creatively mixing and matching costume pieces, accessories, and makeup.  Imagine Wonder Woman as a Wild West Saloon Girl. Glinda...

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    The American Backstage Company

    Come see what we've got for HALLOWEEN!

    October is the busiest time of year at American Backstage. New costumes and accessories and makeup are arriving every day. (This time of year, we get makeup shipments three times a week.)

    Come browse our costumes for sale, and talk to us about renting our thousands of theatrical costumes. We are dedicated to making you look fantastic, so we want you to try things on to make sure they will work for you. "I won the costume competition!" is music to our ears.

    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. After Columbus Day we extend our hours for the convenience of our Halloween customers (closing at 9 Monday-Saturday, and 6 on Sunday).

    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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