About Us

HatsThe American Backstage Company is Washington’s premier theatrical store, offering costume rentals and sales, accessories, dance shoes, theatre scripts and books, wigs, hats, and stage 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 DC/Maryland/Virginia performing arts community.

Conveniently located in Alexandria Virginia, near Van Dorn Metro, we are open from 9:30 am to 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 12-5 pm on Sundays.

The American Backstage Company has an expansive costume rental department and packaged costumes for sale, from Samson and Delilah to Sonny and Cher, as well as fantasy characters from television and film.

In the Washington area, we are the only store that deals extensively in scripts, musicals, screenplays, and books related to performance and production, as well as accent tapes and CDs. We also have a large selection of vocal sheet music.

Theatrical makeup is a specialty at American Backstage.  We are an authorized dealer of Ben Nye products.  We have everything one might need to create any kind of effect including latex appliances such as noses and chins and prepared beards and mustaches along with our many styles of wigs in natural shades and bright colors. We also carry theatrical makeup by Kryolan and Mehron and latex applications by Cinema Secrets and Woochie.  If allergies are a concern, please ask for advice about which brand would be better for your skin.

Rip Claassen with some of our wigsAccessories are an essential part to any costume, and we have a wide array of hats for sale as well as items such as pitchforks, pirate eye patches, prisoner ball and chain sets, feather boas, long gloves, sequined tiaras and much, much more. Our masks range from political figures and movie star caricatures to simple bandit, but we also have beautiful hand-made Mardi Gras-style masquerade masks and feathered headdresses. 

If your show needs special effects, we can help.  We carry flash paper, smoke powder, stage blood, and other theatrical indispensables.

We also carry children’s packaged costumes for sale along with dancewear (such as tights and leotards) and dance shoes for men, women and children by Capezio:  ballet shoes, jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, ballroom, tap, and character shoes. As always, if we don’t have something in stock, we can order it for you. Mail order is available.

Custom work is also available; we design or use your designs to create mascot-style character costumes and employee uniforms (with company logos) for major companies and organizations as well as competition dance-sport and figure skating events.

For conferences and industrials, note that we are convenient to the Gaylord National resort and conference center.

We hope to see you soon!

 


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