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Theatrical Costume Rentals: The Music Man July 22, 2014

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Theatrical Costume Rentals:


The Music Man, Junior

Music and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson

Examples of Suits for Leads and Chorus from The Music Man

Show Facts

Since its premiere in 1957, The Music Man has been delighting audiences on and off Broadway. This musical is great for cast of all shape and sizes, featuring several women’s roles, song and dance numbers, a barbershop quartet and opportunities for young actors. The Music Man is also a family friendly musical which is perfect for community theaters and younger audiences.

Rights for this show can be acquired from Music Theater International


It’s the story of the outwardly charming (while inwardly conning) Harold Hill, the traveling salesman and “music professor” He sets his sights on the citizen of River City Iowa convincing the parents to form a band to keep their sons away from the dangers of the pool hall. The problem is that Harold Hill doesn’t know “one note from another”

He gets more than he bargained for with the skeptic Mayor Shinn, scheming rival salesman Charlie Cowell and the hard nosed librarian Marion Paroo. Can Harold Hill bring harmony to River City and find love at the same time?

The town “gossips” Eulalie Shinn and her Pick-a-little Ladies

Popular Tunes

“Goodnight my Someone”, “Shioopi” “Well Fargo Wagon” “Till there was You” and the show stopping “76 Trombones”

Setting & Time Period

“Turn of the Century” 1912, American Mid-West

Harold Hill’s ordinary suit reverse onstage to reveal his stunning band uniform

Costume Rental Info

The Music Man is one of our top three popular shows that we costume for schools during the spring and fall. We carry a wide and colorful variety of period suits and dresses for leads and chorus members. We also have available Harold’s reversible band uniform and band uniforms and hat.

We also have costumes for Music Man, Jr. Please note that all of are sizes are in adult sizes. Please call in advance for availability of sizes below 30 bust and 32 chest

At Costume Holiday House, you can rent anywhere from one costume to the entire show!

Regularly priced costumes range from $39-53 per costume.

2014 Summer Movie Costume Ideas July 15, 2014

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (July 21, 2014)

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With the beginning of summer comes vacations, time by the pool, cook-outs and cold treats, but one of my favorite ways to get out of the summer heat is by sitting in an icy cold, air-conditioned movie theatre! Everyone knows that summertime is always filled with some great blockbusters and 2014 is no exception! It is also no secret that film characters from summer movies make for very popular Halloween costumes in the fall. Costume Holiday House always stocks up on costumes from current and popular movies. If you’re having trouble deciding which character to dress up as this fall, here are some of our suggestions:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Spider-Man’s outfit is one of the most iconic costumes out there. No way you’re making this one at home! We have a variety of Spider-Man costumes and accessories for both adults and kids. Make it a couples costume and go as Gwen Stacy with the iconic green jacket, purple skirt, black boots and, of course, blonde wig!

X-Men: Days of Future Past


Although the costumes in this movie are not very exciting, we do have a whole section of 70′s costumes to fit the time period. You might also be inspired to wear a classic X-Men costume. Check out our Wolverine costume and wig!



This movie put a unique twist on an iconic villain. We carry both Disney versions of Maleficent: the classic cartoon version and the new live-action version. We also have beautiful Renaissance rentals that could be used for any of the other characters, including the fairies, Aurora and Prince Philip.

A Million Ways to Die in the West


Any western attire will work for this movie’s costumes! We have all kinds of cowboy costumes and accessories for purchase or to rent.

Jersey Boys


Do you have 4 guys (or girls) who want to dress up as the Four Seasons? We have a variety matching jackets and suit coats available for rent!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Purchase or Rent a gorilla or ape costume for Halloween, this year. It’s always fun to keep people guessing who’s in the monkey suit!



Hercules is bringing the ancient Greek look back. Whether you want a simple Greek costume, or an elaborate Gladiator, we have complete costumes for purchase or for rent.

Let’s Be Cops


I have a feeling this movie is going to inspire a lot of people to say “let’s be cops” this halloween. We have everything you need to be a cop!

Theatrical Costume Rentals: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (July 10, 2014)

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Theatrical Costume Rentals:


Music by  Alan Menken Lyrics by  Howard Ashman and Tim Rice Book by  Linda Woolverton
Beast and Belle when they first meet and as they dance to the classic ballad "Beauty and the Beast".

Beast and Belle when they first meet and as they dance to the classic ballad “Beauty and the Beast”.

Show Facts

Disney’s animated feature Beauty and the Beast made movie history in 1991 when it was the first cartoon film to be nominative for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was the first film the Disney company later adapted for a Broadway musical and only a few years after the release of the movie, the musical swept the 1994 Tony Awards with nine wins including Best Musical. So it no wonder that where ever this enchanted musical is playing, it continues to delight audiences of all ages. The musical is well suited to large casts and is ideal to showcase a talented singing and dancing chorus. Beauty and the Beast is family appropriate and entertaining to younger audiences.

Gaston showing off for the Silly Girls.

Gaston showing off for the Silly Girls.


Following the classic French fairytale, Belle (Beauty) agrees to live in the palace of the Beast to save her father. In her village she is considered odd because she is a bookworm who longs for adventure. Little does she know the adventures she will have in the castle with the menagerie of the Beast’s enchanted servants. They include a flamboyant candelabra Lumiere the fussy mantle clock, Cogsworth, a flirty feather duster Babette, a kind teapot Mrs. Potts and her son Chip.The Beast must learn to love and have someone love him in return to break the spell that afflicts him and all the inhabitants of the castle. But who could ever learn to love a Beast? With her new friends Belle embarks on a magical adventure to sooth the heart of a beast and break the spell. A tale as old as time as a young girl finds the courage to save her new friends and find true love.

Kind housekeeper, Mrs. Potts, with her son, Chip, before and after the spell is cast.

Kind housekeeper, Mrs. Potts, with her son, Chip, before and after the spell is cast.

Popular Tunes

“Be Our Guest”, “Home”, “Gaston”, “If I Can’t Love Her” and”Beauty and the Beast”

Beauty & Beast (7)
Lumiere, Madame, Cogsworth and Babette in their human costumes.

Setting & Time Period

A village in France.

Fairytale: no specific time period is set for this show. We use a combination of costumes from the Renaissance and Colonial periods to create the atmosphere of an enchanted kingdom from a long time ago.

Lumiere and his main squeeze, Babette as enchanted objects.

The tightly-wound Cogsworth as a mantle clock.
The tightly-wound Cogsworth as a mantle clock.

Costume Rental Pricing

At Costume Holiday House, you can rent anywhere from one costume to the entire show! Beauty and the Beast has been our most popular show for the past several years.  Due to the high demand and uniqueness of the costumes in this show, we have special pricing for the enchanted object costumes.

Regularly priced costumes range from $39-53 per costume.

Specially priced costumes are as follows:

Lumiere as Enchanted Object- $150.00

Mrs. Potts as Enchanted Object- $150.00

Madame as Enchanted Object – $150.00

Cogsworth as Enchanted Object – $150.00

Babette as Enchanted Object – $125.00

Beast – $75.00

Castle Objects (utensils, plates, etc.)- $55.00 each

Madame de la Grande Bouche, a dive-turned-enchanted wardrobe.

Madame de la Grande Bouche, a diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe.


Enchanted objects from Beast's Castle.

Enchanted objects from Beast’s Castle (Spatula, Knife, Spoon, Fork, Plate, Napkin, Rug, Cheese Grater)


Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 8, 2014)

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Eight outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the country will work one-on-one with Broadway greats at the 5th Annual FREDDIE G BROADWAY EXPERIENCE July 9th - 12thThe event has once again been underwritten by Myrna and Freddie (“G”) Gershon, Chairman and CEO of leading theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI).  The weekend honors instructors and teachers who are working to make a difference for their students and communities through the process of staging musical theatre productions in their schools and educational theatre groups.  In addition to the New York experience, each of the teachers’ schools receives $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna to enhance their arts program.

The teachers will attend special workshops led by Tony Award® nominated composer and musical arranger Jeanine Tesori, Tony Award® winning director and choreographer Warren Carlyle, four time Tony Award® nominated playwright Chad Beguelin, Tony Award® winning lighting designer Ken Billington and Broadway sound designer Matt Kraus.

“The weekend will fully immerse the teachers in the Broadway world and provide one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for the teachers to take back to their schools, students and communities,” says Gershon.  “These teachers do inspiring work with limited financial resources.  We want to give them the opportunity to live the Broadway experience and interact with top professionals to reward them for all they do to introduce the next generations to Broadway and musical theatre.”

Dozens of educators attending the 2014 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia applied for the program, and eight total were selected (a full list follows).  The eight educators will participate in dynamic, hands-on master classes with some of Broadway’s leading choreographers, directors, producers, actors and designers.  They will attend the Broadway show Aladdin (complete with a backstage tour), watch a developmental performance of Peter Pan JR. (one of the newest potential Broadway Junior titles), and experience Broadway like true theatre insiders.

“I feel strongly about personally investing in these teachers by immersing them in experiential skills they can take home and share with students and other teachers,” added Gershon.  “It’s crucial we keep theatre alive in this country by working with both educators and children.  Myrna and I feel that America’s teachers should be honored and appreciated. Our future is in their hands.”


The Junior Theater Festival is the world’s largest musical theatre festival dedicated to educational musical theatre groups that work with elementary and middle school students. This year’s title sponsors were Music Theatre International, Disney Theatrical Group, and Playbill®.

Following are the eight teachers attending the 5th Annual Freddie G Broadway Experience

  • Danelle Cauley:  Faith Christian School – Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Miriam Reynold:  Riverwatch Middle School – Suwanee, Georgia
  • Carli Roye:  Thomson Middle School – Houston County, Georgia
  • Tessa Derfner:  P94M – New York, New York
  • Brian Seagraves:  Garden City Recreation Commission – Garden City, Kansas
  • Kelleybrooke Brown:  The Whole Backstage Children’s Theater – Guntersville, Alabama
  • Mary Katherine Smith-Gall:  Parkway Playhouse – Burnsville, North Carolina
  • Sue Booton:  The Rose Theater – Omaha, Nebraska

Music Theatre International www.mtishows.com is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacies of composers, lyricists and book writers.  MTI’s core business is issuing licenses, scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to schools as well as amateur and professional theatres across the globe.

With over 300 classic and contemporary show titles from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London’s West End, MTI shows have been performed by over 60,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and in 1994, created Broadway Junior – 30 and 60-minute musicals for younger performers.  Broadway Junior musicals have resulted in over 100,000 productions and more than 400,000 performances in grade schools across the United States.

ARLO HILL’s “I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE” A Triumphant Success On Every Level

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 7, 2014)

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The amazing Arlo Hill brought the house down Wednesday at 54 Below with I’ve Been In Love Before, highlighting the life and works of composer Frank Loesser.  Together with accompanist/ musical director Rick Hip-Flores, Hill interwove Loesser’s stories with works that have become part of the American songbook.  Mr. Hill’s concert and careful song selection brought us a little closer into the genius and sometimes troubled mind of Frank Loesser.  

Though most people will know Loesser’s more popular theater works, including The Most Happy Fella, Guys and Dolls, Where’s Charley and How To Succeed, it is in the early music and lyrics from a lad at Tin Pan Alley and early film work that best captures both Mr. Hill’s natural flair of song interpretation as well as Mr. Loesser’s gravitas in describing the frailties of the human condition that connected with the sold-out 54 Below crowd.  Highlights included the glorious Where The Grass Grows Green, which most in the audience heard for the first time; the moving Spring Will Be Late This Year and a spirited Standing On The Corner where Mr. Hill was joined by Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Joe Beutel and Daniel Schwait.

Mr. Hill accomplished what alludes many who attempt cabaret, and that is the telling of a story with depth and passion using a coherent song arch.  I’ve Been In Love Before is a triumph not only for Arlo Hill, but also for Frank Loesser’s legacy as the talent of a man who passed away decades ago has infused itself into a new generation of performer.  For more information on Arlo Hill visitarlohill.com and for a schedule of upcoming events at 54 Below, visit 54below.com  

Photo Credit: Hunter Canning

Song List for: I’ve Been In Love Before: The Songs & Stories of Frank Loesser

I’ve Never Been In Love Before
What Are you Doing New Year’s Eve
Love You Twice As Much as I Do
Where the Grass Grows Green
The the Bell Rang That Was Love Says My Heart
2 Sleepy People With Nothing to Say
Hup ti Do (polka)
Let’s Get Lost  - Don’t Want to walk without you
Praise the Lord and Pass the Amunition
Spring will be late this year
Once in Love with Amy
Can Do  –My Time of Day
Standing on the Corner
Never Never Will I Marry
I Believe in You
I Cannot Let You Go
Down the Stairs Out this Door
Heart & Soul
Slow Boat to China


Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (July 1, 2014)

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Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that Jonah Rawitz of Buffalo Grove, IL (Adlai E. Stevenson High School), representing the Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards, was awarded the coveted Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actor on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Broadway’s Minskoff Theater.  The Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actress was presented to Jai’Len Josey, representing the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards – Shuler Hensley Awards.

“I am so incredibly grateful to have had this unforgettable and amazing experience and to have met so many unforgettable and amazing people,” said Jonah upon receiving the award.

The Jimmy™ Award is named in honor of James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theater owner and producer.  James L. Nederlander, Chairman of The Nederlander Organization, presented both winners with a check for $10,000 to further their education. They will also be eligible for a four-year merit and a need-based scholarship to attend the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama, contingent upon acceptance into the program.

Four runners-up each received a $2,500 scholarship toward their future education from the Barry and Fran Weissler Foundation. These winners were Matthew Richards, Layton, UT; Brook Solan, Las Vega, NV; Sophia Tzougros, Dousman, WI; and Mekhai Lee, Charlotte, NC.

Three additional awards were presented to English Bernhardt, Wakeforest, NC (Best Performance in an Ensemble); Joshua Velez, Torrance, CA (Most Improved), and Matthew Washington, Cary, NC (Spirit of the Jimmy Awards). Another student, Jai’Len Josey, East Point, GA was selected to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s 6-week Pre-College Drama program.

The ceremony was hosted by 2011 Jimmy Award-winner Ryan McCartan. McCartan recently starred as JD in the Off-Broadway hit musical, Heathers, appears regularly as Diggy in the TV show Liv & Maddie on the Disney Channel, and is a recurring character on the USA Network’s Royal Pains. Andy Karl, star of Rocky: The Musical, also performed alongside the cast to close the show.

Jimmy™ Award winners were selected by a panel of Broadway brass including Kent Gash (New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama);  Rachel Hoffman (Telsey +Co); Arielle Tepper Madover (Tony® Award-Winning Producer); Tara Rubin (Casting Director) Nick Scandalios (Nederlander Organization); Sergio Trujillo (Award-Winning Choreographer).

The production was directed by Van Kaplan and choreographed by Kiesha Lalama, with musical direction by Michael Moricz.

The annual Broadway-focused talent showcase featured performances by all 56 participants and solos by select finalists. Their Broadway debut followed 5-days of rehearsals and private coaching with faculty at the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama and other professionals. Students also enjoyed a discussion with award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The students also took in a performance of Kinky Boots and had a talkback with the cast.

Over 1,500 high schools and 60,000 students participate in these annual events. Student performers qualified to compete in the national program by winning top honors at 28 regional high school musical awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Click here for the list of participating organizations.

Founded in 2009, NHSMTA’s mission is to raise the profile of musical theater in schools, recognize dedicated teachers and inspire the next generation of performers and enthusiasts. Since its inception, the NHSMTA has enabled over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level-several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, touring and West End productions.

To recognize the important work being done in high schools across the United States, Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, presented the 2014 League Educator Apple Award® to Vincent Gassetto, Principal of MS 343 Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology in Bronx, New York (nominated by Situation Interactive in New York, New York); Holly Valentine, Fourth Grade Teacher at Walt Disney Elementary School in Rochester, New York (nominated by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League in Rochester, New York); Maureen Binienda, Principal at South High Community School in Worchester, Massachusetts (nominated by the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hanover, Massachusetts); and Brian Sammons, Third Grade Teacher at Aplington Elementary in Aplington, Iowa (nominated by Des Moines Performing Arts in Des Moines, Iowa).

The NHSMTA is produced by the Broadway Education Alliance and supported by many leading theater industry organizations including The Broadway League, BWF (Weissler) Foundation, Disney Theatrical Productions, Jujamcyn Theatres, Music Theatre International, Nederlander Organization, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Pittsburgh CLO,Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Samuel French Library, Shubert Organization, Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., Ticketmaster and others. To learn more about the National High School Musical Theater Awards and/or to make a donation to the program, please visit nhsmta.com.


BROADWAY EDUCATION ALLIANCE (BEA) is a 501.c3 organization that serves as an independent catalyst for the development and implementation of national programs that serve local performing arts organizations and supporttheatre arts education and cultural studies for audiences of all ages. The National High School Musical TheaterAwards is the organization’s first national coalition presented to inspire creativity, build confidence, and stimulate critical thinking in American’s youth. For more information, visit www.BroadwayEducationAlliance.org.


NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY™ AWARDS was founded in 2009 by Pittsburgh CLO and Nederlander Alliances LLC, under the leadership of James L. Nederlander, and is produced by the Broadway Education Alliance in association with Pittsburgh CLO. The program promotes the importance of theater arts programming in high schools, provides educational scholarships and creates a pathway for promising young performers to pursue a career in the professional theater industry. For more information, visit www.nhsmta.com.

NYU TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA integrates a combination of rigorous professional theatre training and broad-ranging academic education. In partnership with some of the country’s foremost professional theatre training institutions, the program offers comprehensive theatre courses in acting, directing, musical performance, design, and theatre production. The program also offers an expansive and innovative academic curriculum. The faculty is composed of nationally and internationally recognized theatre artists, scholars, and theorists. The curriculum is further enriched by required courses in the humanities and social sciences. An extensive internship program connects students to the professional theatre community of New York City. The program is complemented by challenging and innovative productions that welcome guest artists from a range of culture and artistic perspectives. Graduates of the program include Alec Baldwin ’94, Kristen Bell ’02, Raúl Esparza ’92, Philip Seymour Hoffman ’89, Bryce Dallas Howard ’03, Felicity Huffman ’88, Dan Jinks ’85, Moisés Kaufman ’89, John Leguizamo ’83, Michael Longoria ’02, Idina Menzel ’93, Molly Shannon ’87, and Chandra Wilson ’91.

Podcast with Broadway's ARLO HILL

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (June 28, 2014)

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Podcast with ARLO HILL from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Broadway’s ARLO HILL discusses his cabaret show I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF FRANK LOESSER which he will perform at New York City’s 54 Below on July 2, 2014. For more information visit arlohill.com and 54below.com.

Arlo, winner of the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition, is an actor and singer on Broadway and off. A graduate of Harvard University, Arlo appears in the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera and in the cabaret Jacques Brel Returns! at the Triad. He was recently seen singing “Standing on the Corner” in the Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella at City Center. Other credits include Little Me, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Where’s Charley? (Encores), and the televised, Emmy-nominated Carousel with the New York Philharmonic. A resident artist with Sightline Theater, Arlo has devised and performed in Hold Music (Ars Nova; Culture Project), One Arm and a Leg (HERE), and that time… (Dixon Place). Regional work includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Henry Spofford) and Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka).

 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents ARLO HILL in I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF FRANK LOESSER on Wednesday July 2nd. I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE goes behind the scenes with the man who wrote Guys & DollsHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, “Baby it’s Cold Outside,” and much, much more.  A brash college dropout journeys from the back rooms of the Tin Pan Alley to the silver screen of Hollywood to the Great White Way — and through two marriages, five Broadway shows, and over 700 songs of life and love.  

Arlo Hill (The Phantom of the OperaThe Most Happy FellaJacques Brel Returns!) sings with pianist and music director Rick Hip-Flores (Rocky, Beautiful, We Will Rock You), joined by guest artists from the cast of The Most Happy Fella at Encores! 

ARLO HILL in I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019) on Wednesday, July 2nd at 7pm. There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.    


54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife.  A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.  The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage.  In their description of 54 BELOWThe New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.”  Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.

Spring (almost Summer) Cleaning at Costume Holiday House

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (June 25, 2014)


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We’re a little late on our spring cleaning, but this week our Fremont location is getting an overhaul. In the name of getting ready for October (Halloween is only 129 days away after all!) we’re rearranging all of our costumes and accessories to make sure that getting everything you need is easy and fast, whether it’s for Halloween, theme parties, Zombie walks or anything else you may need a costume for!

Check out our pictures of the rearranged store during the big clean! We’re putting out some great new stock, and you wouldn’t want to miss out! You can stop by and check in on our progress, or you can shop online if you would prefer to avoid the heat.

Number one rule of a great home-made costume: Get started early, so come on in and we’ll get you set up with makeup designs, costume accessories and anything else that you may need!

020 Boxes and boxes of new merchandise! We’re always expanding and adding to our stock.

023 Our newest section inspired by Independence Day.

024 This section is currently In Progress. It will be our Accessories & Animals Wall.

025 Some of our redesigned theme sections: Clown, Zombies, Angels/Devils and Vampires!

026 Check out our very colorful and very organized Game Day Colors Wall!

027 The Costume Holiday House Staff is currently hard at work, organizing and cleaning our Decades Sections.

028 What a lovely Weapons Wall!

029 Our Superhero Section has been expanded, so it’s easier to spot the right costumes and accessories!

035 We’ve moved our Cartoon Section to this little nook. It’s great for finding group costumes!

030 We’re revamping our Kids Room as well! We call this the Princess Corner.

032 Our kids costumes are now organized by theme, rather than by gender. This should make your search much easier!

033 And, as you can see, we’re leaving room for new merchandise!

Podcast with Actor/Author BURKE MOSES

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (June 16, 2014)

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Podcast with Actor/Author BURKE MOSES from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Broadway musical superstar BURKE MOSES (Beauty & The Beast, Guys & Dolls, Kiss Me Kate) discusses his fantastic new book on the craft of acting in musical theatre entitled STANISLAVSKI NEVER WORE TAP SHOES as well as his incredible career in the industry. For more information and including ordering Mr. Moses’ book, visit BurkeMoses.com, or click here.

BURKE MOSES :Born in Manhattan’s West Village, Mr. Moses grew up in Evanston IL.  He is a graduate of Parkway West High School in Ballwin, MO, and has a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Mr. Moses made his NY theatrical debut in The Way of the World, at the Public Theater, and his Big Apple musical debut as Joey at the New York City Opera in The Most Happy Fella.  He debuted on Broadway as Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls.  He received a Theater World award, and a Drama Desk nomination for his portrayal of Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Also on Broadway, he has appeared as Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate, and as Herekles in The Frogs at Lincoln Center. He played the title role of Lil’ Abner and was in DuBarry was a Lady at City Center’s Encore Series.

Regionally, Mr. Moses has appeared at the Arena Stage, The Hartford Stage, The Long Wharf Theater, The Alliance, The Denver Center, The Muny Opera, The Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Play House, and Theater Under the Stars among many others.

On television, Mr. Moses has been seen in White Collar, 30 Rock, Third Rock from the Sun, The Client, Family Law, Cybil, The Nanny, Caroline in the City, and played long-running roles on the soap operas Loving, As the World Turns and One Life to LIve.

Mr. Moses is the author of Stanislavski Never Wore Tap Shoes (Musical theater Acting Craft), the first book focusing on acting on the musical stage written by a performer who spent decades in the musical spotlight.  He currently resides in New York City with his girlfriend Sarah Litzsinger, and cheers on his two strapping sons, Jackson and Rafe.

New Costumes at Costume Holiday House

Posted by: Costume Holiday House (June 10, 2014)

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We are so excited for a new order of "Annie" that goes out this summer! Our seamstresses are currently working hard on creating new orphan dresses for the cast. They're absolutely adorable!

Our seamstress are always on the go, making new costumes. We even have "Shrek the Musical," complete with Duloc Dancers and the loveable Lord Farquad. Need Ogre heads? Never fear! we have cloth heads to help with Fiona's quick change and save makeup.

We're interested to see what other shows pop up this summer here at Costume Holiday House! No matter the time or day, it's always a new adventure!