Washington National Opera to hold swanky costume sale in DC

Education fundraiser to offer more than 1,000 items—from complete costumes to accessories —for purchase for two days only at company’s Takoma rehearsal studio.

Orange gown from "Cinderella," one of many items on sale at the Washington National Opera's upcoming costume sale. (Photo courtesy WNO)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2015 — Just in time for Halloween planning, the Washington National Opera (WNO) has decided to throw open “its closet doors for a one-of-a-kind Costume Sale,” according to a press release issued today. According to the company, the event will be held

“[O]n Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at its rehearsal studio in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The Costume Sale, the company’s first in six years, will include more than 1,000 items representing a variety of periods and styles, and all proceeds will benefit WNO’s community education programs.”

Sound good? The sale – WNO’s first in six years – should attract opera fans looking for something interesting as well as adults and kids seeking out something new and different for trick-or-treating or swanning about in Georgetown celebrating America’s favorite spooky October holiday.

“The Costume Sale is a unique opportunity for the public to peek behind the curtain, access professionally crafted costumes at deep discounts, and take home a piece of opera history,” said longtime WNO costume director Marsha M. LeBoeuf. “Our costume staff will be on hand to serve as personal shoppers and stylists, and we hope everyone will come raid our closets for these distinctive and exceptional pieces.”

According to the company, the sale will feature gowns, uniforms, hats, shoes, accessories and other items seen on stage over the years in operas like “Carmen,” “Cinderella,” “Manon Lescaut, “Macbeth, “Turandot,” “Of Mice and Men” and others. And yes, there’ll be a few kids’ costumes available during the sale as well. Over 1,000 items from all historical periods and styles will be available.

The company estimates that pricing for many costumes will range from $50-$100, with some items priced as low as $1. (But probably not any of the gowns!) Proceedings from the sale will benefit WNO’s vital community education programs.

Interested? Here are the details:

WHAT: The Washington National Opera Costume Sale.

WHEN: Oct. 3 and 4, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: WNO’s studio facility, located on the third floor of 6925 Willow St. NW, Washington, D.C. That’s right on the line between the District and Takoma Park, Md. While street parking is available in the area, best bet might be to take the Metro to the Takoma Station, located a short, easy walk from the WNO facility.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17