Friday March 21, 2014 inside Michael Jackson’s One Theater at Mandalay Bay
A record-breaking $6 million was raised for Guy Laliberte’s One Drop Foundation from the World Water Day festivities that were highlighted with the spectacular one-night-only performance of “One Night for One Drop” at Mandalay Bay on Friday night.
Cast members, technicians and backstage workers from all eight Cirque du Soleil shows on the Strip took part in the all-volunteer effort for the “One Thought, One World” production choreographed and directed by Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar from Cirque’s “The Beatles Love” at the Mirage.
“It was an amazing night,” Las Vegas-based Jerry Nadal, senior VP of resident shows worldwide, said. “We raised more money in ticket sales. We raised more in the auction. Our turnout was higher all round, and the initial total looks like a $6 million record.”
The four-act, 93-minute production told the story of the desertification of our world and the search for water. Mukhtar showed the struggles of Earth’s “Call for Help” in the “Walk for Water” and “Search for Rain” segments. He brought to life the inner innocence of childhood with a dream sequence that “Crystalized” with violin genius Lindsey Stirling of YouTube fame.
The global philanthropy production taught us that one person can make a difference and help change the world by working with others to protect our earth to ensure a better world for the next generation.
The production showed us that Cirque has extraordinarily talented and creative people who volunteered their time over five months to support their fearless leader by changing a life, a community and a country to provide access to water.
As Guy pointed out, there are still 800 million people around the world who struggle to survive due to poor access to water. He estimated that by the end of 2014, all of his One Drop programs combined will have helped transform the lives of more than 1 million people.
At the after-party in Moorea Beach Club, where the pool was covered with a carpeted Plexiglas floor, The Tenors said that they’d been invited by Cirque to travel South America and other countries with the touring shows.
They posed with the new electric Formula E car that will race next February in Los Angeles and Miami next March as part of its inaugural 10-city global championship. The car is capable of reaching 0-100 mph in less than three seconds with a top speed of 220 mph. Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Andretti are three of the famous team owners.
It was a wonderful reunion and the perfect way to end an extraordinary night that will have positive repercussions around the world for years to come. It could only happen with the unbelievable magic mix of Cirque du Soleil and Las Vegas.
Guy Laliberte One Drop Foundation raises $6million in one night.