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Hello Dolly

Based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Hello Dolly tells the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder.

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About Costume Holiday House

Currently shipping rental costumes to all 50 states, Costume Holiday House offers a choice of arrival dates to accommodate your rehearsal schedule. Each costume comes bagged, individually tagged, and fully accessorized to make your final preparations before opening night as easy as possible.

We at Costume Holiday House look forward to assisting you in costuming your production. Whether you are a long time customer or this is your first time working with us, we hope that you find the quality of our staff and service helpful enough that you come back again and again and again.

For over 50 years of costuming excellence Costume Holiday House has been providing quality costumes at affordable prices for High Schools, Colleges, Community Theatres, Operas and Professional stock companies. With over 50,000 quality costumes, our competent staff of theatrical professionals are anxious to serve your every need. Please, feel free to contact us for any question inquires or special needs for your next production.

About This Show

Based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Hello Dolly tells the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker who has been hired to arrange a marriage for the widowed half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder. Dolly, however, has other plans. She has herself been recently widowed and come to the conclusion that Horace and his fortune will make her the perfect mate. So when she arrives in Yonkers, she immediately begins to plant seeds of doubt in Vandergelder’s mind about Irene Molloy, the pretty young widow she has picked out for him. Meanwhile, down in the bowels of Vandergelder’s Hay and Feed Store, two of his employees are plotting to take advantage of the boss’ absence. Cornelius and Barnaby have decided to sneak off for their first-ever peek at the big city. They want to experience everything–maybe even kiss a girl! Once they make their escape, however, they have the misfortune of spotting Vandergelder on the street. Attempting to escape unnoticed, they slip into Irene Molloy’s hat shop, the very place Vandergelder has arranged to meet with Mrs. Molloy. Dolly and Irene attempt to hide the boys from Vandergelder who, much to Dolly’s delight, quickly comes to the conclusion that his intended fiancée is hiding a roomful of strange men. Vandergelder storms out indignantly, announcing his intention to meet instead with the extraordinarily wealthy Ernestina Money. This suits everyone just fine, for Cornelius has found himself smitten by Irene, and Irene, for her part, has already admitted to her assistant, Minnie Fay, that she was about to accept Vandergelder’s proposal only to escape from the drudgeries of her little hat shop. Dolly quickly sizes up the situation and suggests that the boys take Irene and Minnie Fay to dinner at the fashionable Harmonia Gardens to make amends for ruining the meeting with Vandergelder. Although Cornelius and Barnaby cannot afford such an expensive dinner, they soon find themselves standing in front of the Harmonia Gardens, two beautiful women on their arms and no idea how they will pay the bill. But when Vandergelder shows up at the same restaurant searching for the mysterious Ernestina, mayhem erupts, and by the time the confusion is over, everything may just have worked itself out–even if it isn’t the way one might have expected when the evening began! Hello, Dolly! opened at the St. James Theatre on January 16, 1964 with a cast that featured Carol Channing (Dolly), David Burns (Horace), Charles Nelson Reilly (Cornelius), Jerry Dodge (Barnaby), Eileen Brennan (Irene), and Sondra Lee (Minnie Fay). The show ran for 2,844 performances and briefly held the record for the longest-running Broadway production before it was overtaken by Fiddler on the Roof. During the Broadway run, Ms. Channing was succeeded by Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Bibi Osterwald, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, and Ethel Merman (who had originally turned down the role.) The 1969 film version featured Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau.

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This was the only store that I could find that had what I needed, and Pam went out of her way to help me out big time. Major kudos to this place and to Pam. I can tell that a lot of care is put into The Costume Holiday House, so I’d highly recommend it!

Ben Bridgwater, PA – Thank you for the great service!

Stellar customer service! I appreciate the employee taking the time to show me the different brands of stage makeup. And I was very impressed and grateful for all her knowledge of application techniques”

Lisa P., Columbus, Ohio

Pam is ALWAYS so knowledgeable and helpful. I can count on her no matter what.”

Cathy A., Delaware Ohio

They have such great costumes and extras for all your costume needs all year round.

They have a children’s section as well as extras for any existing costume you might have already, and need to renew our replace accessories. They also have a large selection of costumes for your organization, church or group and have all the up to date make up and wigs for every need you might have.

Overall I would say that most any item you might need quickly you would have available year round and not need to pay extra to have it delivered from an online source.
Staff have always been pleasant when or family visits as well as helpful.

Michelle S., Fremont, Ohio

“We rented Aladdin Jr, and it was so easy and everyone loved the costumes. We will definitely be renting again. Thanks so much!”

Liz H., Bunsold Middle School

“Our costumes were great! It’s so nice to rent costumes instead of taking the time to purchase everything you need for a show. It made everything so easy and hassle free.”

Linda, Columbus

Perfect place for a screaming good time. Knowledgeable staff always on hand. We go all the time and always come away without a frightening cost. Rentals are awesome and the discounted costume pieces are top rate. I recommend anyone to find the time to check it out!!!” 

Roy M., Fremont, Ohio

This is our go to place for all things costume! We love to dress up for any occasion that has a theme and this place has everything including expert advice from the staff! Weve never rented a costume or anything like that but we buy or prosthetic materials, make up and other costume accessories here. Definitely recommend it!!

Phillip S., Columbus Ohio

“Costume Holiday House is the best! I love having a year round Halloween store. I rented a mascot costume one year. This year your store had the hat I couldn’t find anywhere else. Thank you so much. Awesome staff very helpful and knowledgeable.”

Kiwi L., Columbus, Ohio

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