Opening number rehearsed ahead of Gay Games

CLEVELAND – For the first time, 30 volunteers met up to rehearse the opening act of the 2014 Gay Games.

For the first time since 2006, the games are back in the United States, and Cleveland and Akron are the destination for the opening ceremonies.

The group met Sunday afternoon at the Quicken Loans Arena practice court.

Performers and dancers gave the media and the public a sneak peak at the newly developed routine.

"The Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation will draw an estimated 20,000-30,000 people to Cleveland and Akron," according to promoters. "Launched in 1982, the Games invite participation from everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status."

The practice gives the performers a taste of the real thing, as the opening ceremony production will be held in the arena Saturday, August 9, at 7 p.m.

The events will run through August 16.

This year, opening ceremonies' attendees can expect to see guest stars Lance Bass, Andrea McArdle and The Pointer Sisters.

The program will also include chorale and dance numbers. Organizers promise inspirational messages and a ceremonial march of contributors.

Patrick Roberge, the producer, was on hand to talk about what else the games will deliver. "This particular number… I'll give you a little sneak peak… is called Rubber and Rock, Roberge tells Channel 3's Hilary Golston. "It's crazy and already they're having a great time."

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