TheatreWorks, historical society team up for cabaret fundraiser
The New Milford Historical Society & Museum and TheatreWorks New Milford will team up for Cocktails and Cabaret 2016 Aug. 6 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Profits will be split between the organizations to support much needed capital projects.
Ted Hine, longtime supporter of the arts, is reprising his producer’s role for this event, which he created in 2010 to support area arts organization’s building funds.
Guests will have the opportunity to peruse the permanent exhibits at the museum and also view a one-night exclusive exhibit of the history of the 1901 Advent church and the evolution of TheatreWorks.
The exhibit includes a collection of photos from the 1960s and 1970s taken by local attorney and amateur photographer Harry Cohen.
The photos feature many of the earliest shows of the small troupe of thespians whose vision of purchasing the Church on Brookside Avenue to house an arts organization came true in 1973.
Selected props and costumes will be on display as well.
After the cocktail party, guests will be transported back to the theater for final bidding on silent auction items donated by local businesses and attend a one-night cabaret show highlighting what TheatreWorks New Milford does best in the region.
“New Milford has such rich history and great arts organizations,” Hine said. “The problem is they are housed in historic buildings that have special needs to maintain and the entrance or tickets fees do not cover the kind of projects that are required.”
At the historical society, the major initiative going on is the Knapp house stabilization project.
Roughly one year ago plaster starting cracking in the circa 1770 home along with floor movement.
The board of trustees acted quickly to assess the situation by securing a technical assistance grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to find out that the underlying structure no longer supported the building.
TheatreWorks’ main goal is to install a bathroom on the second floor to accommodate all of its patrons but particularly the elderly and the handicapped.
Tickets are $75 and may be purchased online at http://www.theatreworks.us
/tickets.php or by calling the theater at 860-350-6863.