It all started back in the 1950s, evolved into the Little Theater in 1973 and, today, is one step closer to accommodating all patrons.

Now known as TheatreWorks New Milford, the theater at 5 Brookside Ave. should soon add to its amenities with a handicapped-accessible bathroom.

Russ Posthauer, a TheatreWorks board member, is taking the theater’s proposal before the New Milford Zoning Board of Appeals, seeking a variance for setbacks for a 16-foot by nine-foot addition to the building.

The addition would house the new bathroom.

“This is a forward step for us,” Posthauer said. “We’re making the theater 100 percent handicapped- accessible.”

The theater has evolved since the building was purchased in 1973 by the Creative Arts Center.

Formerly home to the Christian Advent Church, the edifice was converted into a theater that year over the summer by a crew of volunteers.

In 2001, an upgrade and restoration project took place on the then 100-year-old building.

Work continued to make the theater more welcoming and capable of accommodating larger audiences.

In 2003, a large balcony was constructed, creating a more sophisticated technical booth and making way for more seats and a space for a band. New seats were added at that time, as well.

A rotating stage was installed in 2006 and the stage was raised, creating a better sight line for audiences.

An enclosed reception area was created on the former outdoor deck in 2013, funded by a grant from the Harcourt Foundation.

Today, the theater seats 112. A black box theater, it touts good sight lines to the stage from every seat in the house.

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