A successful present isn't keeping TheatreWorks New Milford from having an eye to its future.

The venerable theater company on Brookside Avenue recently hosted an inaugural "Cocktails & Cabaret" fundraiser as a step to boosting its building fund.

Guests were transported on a July evening by shuttle from the theater to the nearby home of the event's organizer, Ted Hine, for a garden cocktail and hors d'oeuvres party.

They then returned to the theater for a sold-out cabaret that required extra seating to accommodate all the guests.

Patrons were treated to a medley of song, dance, drama and humor, featuring some of the performers to appear on the TheatreWorks stage in recent years.

Highlights included a preview of an upcoming show, "Almost Maine" and a combined appearance by the cast of TheatreWorks' Stage 2 program performing songs from "Les Miserables" and "Rent."

An auction and door prizes capped off the evening.

Proceeds of almost $9,000 will benefit the theater's building program.

The theater is housed in the former Adventist Church, built in 1901.

Theater officials report maintenance and upgrades are expected to cost more than revenue from ticket sales.

For more information about the event or fund development, e-mail Kay Abella at kay.abella@gmail.com.

For the TheatreWorks performance schedule or ticket purchase, check www.theatreworks.us.