Even desert dwellers can sometimes take water for granted, a luxury many developing countries do not have. One Drop, the foundation created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, has been working for more than 10 years to promote healthy practices around water, sanitation and hygiene in vulnerable communities and ensuring sustainable access to safe water. And One Drop works closer to home as well, providing educational outreach throughout the Las Vegas valley.
One Night’s signature fundraiser of the year is “One Night for One Drop” (March 8, “O” Theatre in Bellagio) which brings together performers from various Cirque du Soleil shows on March 8. The production, now in its seventh year, is created by the writer-director team of Andre Kasten and Leah Moyer, veteran choreographers for shows including “Mystère” and “The Beatles LOVE.” The story follows the main character on a journey of enlightenment, eventually finding change and hope for humanity with the inspiration of a little girl named Drop. “He feels overwhelmed by the world around him and doesn’t know how to make a difference,” says Kasten. “But he finds that with the help of Drop, it all starts with one touch of kindness, which creates a ripple effect.”
This year’s cast includes 137 performers, in addition to the many backstage technicians and underwater safety crew, all of whom volunteer their time for the production that takes a year to put together. Academy Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer also will be presenting three original compositions. All for a one-time-only performance, which imparts a bittersweet feeling for its creators. “You really have to be prepared for it to be spectacular right from the get-go,” says Moyer. “But that’s the magic of live theater. I think it’s why we all fall in love with it to begin with. It’s the heightened experience we all are living for, because you get one chance to do it right.”
The fundraising portion of the evening includes once-in-a-lifetime auction items and experiences. Some of the luxury pieces on the block this year include the McLaren 570S Spider, a limited-edition Audemars Piguet timepiece, a private jet to the Turks & Caicos and stay at a villa at COMO Parrot Cay, a Serengeti safari-living experience in Tanzania, a St. Tropez getaway in a private château and a voyage aboard The World, the largest private residential yacht on the planet. Bidding ranges from $25,000 to $300,000, and all proceeds benefit One Drop’s water initiatives.