The perfect Halloween costume? Find it at the Arena Stage costume sale

From Halloween haunts to steampunk chic: Find it at Arena Stage (WTOP's Rachel Nania)

WASHINGTON — If finding the perfect Halloween costume is on your to-do list this year, a local theater may be able to help out.

Arena Stage is raiding its dressing rooms and selling nearly 10 years worth of costumes at its Community Day celebration, Saturday, Aug. 26.

Arena Stage is raiding its dressing rooms and selling nearly 10 years worth of costumes at its Community Day celebration, Saturday, Aug. 26. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Arena Stage is raiding its dressing rooms and selling nearly 10 years worth of costumes at its Community Day celebration, Saturday, Aug. 26. Rayanne Gonzales, Tina Stafford, Barbara Tirrell, Janet Aldrich and Katerina Papacostas in Arena Stage’s production of “The Music Man.” (Photo by Joan Marcus) (©2012 Joan Marcus)
Everything from hats, to wigs, to period pieces and dresses will be available at the costume sale, and prices range from $2 to $200. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Everything from hats, to wigs, to period pieces and dresses will be available at the costume sale, and prices range from $2 to $200. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Rosa Evangelina Arredondo, Liza Shaller, Jill Slyter, Alexandra Foucard, Cathy Carey and Johanna Gerry in Arena Stage’s production of Guys and Dolls. Photo by Joan Marcus.
A yellow lace hoop skirt worn by Miss Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” is for sale at Arena Stage’s costume sale.  Rosa Evangelina Arredondo, Liza Shaller, Jill Slyter, Alexandra Foucard, Cathy Carey and Johanna Gerry in Arena Stage’s production of “Guys and Dolls.” (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Arena Stage Costume Director Joe Salasovich says some of the more elaborate costumes were custom made in Arena’s Stage’s costume shop. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)  (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Perhaps more exciting than the available styles are the labels within the clothes. Salasovich says Arena Stage doesn’t remove the costumes’ tags, so hunting through racks of actors’ names can be an exciting activity for theater fans. “Arena has a very illustrious history of actors who have worked here, so you might see some names you recognize in some of the clothes,” he said. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)  (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Arena Stage is raiding its dressing rooms and selling nearly 10 years worth of costumes at its Community Day celebration, Saturday, Aug. 26. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Everything from hats, to wigs, to period pieces and dresses will be available at the costume sale, and prices range from $2 to $200. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Rosa Evangelina Arredondo, Liza Shaller, Jill Slyter, Alexandra Foucard, Cathy Carey and Johanna Gerry in Arena Stage’s production of Guys and Dolls. Photo by Joan Marcus.

“We can’t hold on to every costume, and there are costumes that are so specific to certain productions that we may never do again,” said Arena Stage Costume Director Joe Salasovich.

“Sometimes, they’re so fantastical and so incredible that they’re too specific for any other purpose.”

A fitted organza headdress from “The Music Man” is one of the items up for grabs, as is its matching Grecian-style dress. There’s also a yellow lace hoop skirt worn by Miss Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” and a 1950s-style dress from the recent production of “Carousel.”

Of course, there are plenty of ordinary items on sale as well, including racks of men’s shirts, women’s skirts, jackets and vintage dresses.

“The span of clothes goes from roughly 1890 to 2017,” Salasovich added.

Perhaps more exciting than the available styles are the labels within the clothes. Salasovich says Arena Stage doesn’t remove the costumes’ tags, so hunting through racks of actors’ names can be an exciting activity for theater fans.

Period pieces, jackets, and wigs galore at Arena Stage's costume sale (WTOP's Rachel Nania)

“Arena has a very illustrious history of actors who have worked here, so you might see some names you recognize in some of the clothes,” he said.

Wigs, handbags, shoes and accessories will also be for sale, and prices for the pieces range from $2 to $200.

In addition to the costume sale, Arena Stage’s Community Day will include a number of free activities, such as live music, dance performances, storytelling, face-painting and more. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. Visit Arena Stage’s website for more details.


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