Cirque preparing high-concept performance to benefit One Drop

After a successful inaugural event earlier this year, One Night for One Drop is returning to Las Vegas in 2014 for a night of charity and amazing performances by hundreds of Cirque du Soleil artists and world-renowned guest performers.

Each of the eight Cirque shows on the Las Vegas Strip will have performers in the one-night-only show.

One Drop, created by Cirque founder Guy Laliberte, works around the world to help communities secure access to water with integrated water projects. Since the nonprofit’s founding in 2007, it has provided a clean and safe water source to more than 300,000 people.

The upcoming event concept is “One Thought, One World,” One Night director Mukhtar Mukhtar said to a Cirque Week audience seated in the Mystère Theatre at Treasure Island Nov. 12, explaining that the concept is a metaphor for time and how it affects the world we all live in. The event is a collaboration between Cirque and MGM Resorts International.

One Night for One Drop is set for March 21, 2014, in the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay, a day before World Water Day. A portion of the proceeds will benefit water conservation efforts at the Springs Preserve, a 180-acre site that features botanical gardens, trails and restored wetlands.

During the inaugural event in 2013, 237 artists participated in an extravagant performance that highlighted water as the essence of life, raising $5.3 million in one night. To put on such a high-concept event, all eight Cirque shows on the Las Vegas Strip were dark during last year’s fundraiser.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $225. Sponsorship and VIP packages are also available by visiting One Drop’s website or calling 702-778-3772.