Theatre Cedar Rapids wants to be more than just a place for stage productions. The non-profit has long offered classes, but in recent years the community theater organization has expanded from sporadic classes throughout the year to a more consistent ongoing curriculum “This expansion has gone from us dabbling in classes and a summer camp to really fostering and nurturing a community school,” education director Matthew Kerns said. He joined the Theatre Cedar Rapids staff in September specifically to focus on that “community school” concept. He's also having fun with classes for adults. Tonight (1/28) is Happy Hour at Theatre Cedar Rapids. From 5 to 7 p.m. Artistic Director Leslie Charipar and Music Director Janelle Lauer will discuss the do's and don'ts of auditioning while attendees nosh on appetizers from Brewed Cafe and sip on a drink from the cash bar. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non members. To sign up call (319) 366-8591 or register at Theatrecr.org or at the door. The rest of the theater’s next slate of classes, which start Saturday, range from “Wizard of Oz” and "Cat and the Hat" based theater classes for children to adult classes including yoga, tap dance and Shakespeare. The classes, which run anywhere from one day to a several weeks in length, aren’t free - fees range from $10 to $250, with most settling around $75. The fees go toward paying teachers, buying supplies and to class scholarships, Kerns said. He said the scholarships are open for anyone to apply for. Some of the classes cater to those who want to stay offstage. The theater is partnering with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for a figure drawing class. There is also a writing for the stage class and a master class in stage management. That class will be taught by Nykol DeDreu, Blue Man Group stage production manager, who will travel from Chicago. Other master class offerings include a physical acting intensive class taught by performance artist Leeny Sack and a dance class taught by Sandra Kaufmann, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble Artistic Director Emeritus. Kerns said bringing in professional teachers is important to what Theatre Cedar Rapids is trying to do. “We’ve brought in a number of people based on their specialties,” he said. “We’re really searching for folks who have some expertise.” There are also a few adults only-offerings such as “Beer and Improv” and “Happy Hour Imrpov Comedy.” After all, some may find it easier to release their inner thespian after a drink or two. Helping people of all comfort levels and ages find a way to engage in the arts is the goal, Kerns said. To that end, the theater is continuing a popular “Just Right For Me” youth theater class designed for students on the autism spectrum. While the students participate in the class, their parents can talk over coffee, offering an impromptu support group, Kerns said. He said the theater is open to other suggestions for ways to expand their class offerings to reach more groups. “We want to continue generating interesting events that foster curiosity and dialogue among our community,” he said.