Mid-Columbia Musical Theater is putting on a production of "Ragtime". The show calls for a racially diverse cast, more diverse than any previous productions. The theater is reaching out to encourage people to audition. Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.

The play deals with issues that we are still facing today such as racism, feminism, police brutality, and classism, and the theater can't wait to out the show on. But getting a racially diverse cast isn't the easier in our area, so they are putting the feelers out to encourage anyone who is interested to audition.

The auditions will be held 6pm Aug. 14-15 at the Battelle Auditorium (902 Battelle Blvd., Richland) Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. If auditioning, be prepared to sing for 60-90 seconds, and maybe dance.