The circus has been transformed over the past decade with performers who still dream of joining this traveling show. One family will bring the vision of a magnificent vintage circus for the fifth annual “One Night for One Drop.” Created annually as a completely original, one night only production featuring artists from each of the seven resident Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions with guest performers. Husband-and-wife duo Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst are writers and directors and Nicky’s father, Brian Dewhurst, will also appear in the show. The couple performs in Cirque’s “Zumanity,” which is fitting since this year’s exclusive performance will be held in the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino on March 3.
“The organization [One Drop] is very important to all of us,” Nicky told AXS.com. “For us to be able to give back as performers, artists and directors, is such a privilege. To add all of our skill sets to raise funds and change people’s lives, this is huge.” The philanthropy event, presented by MGM Resorts International, benefits the nonprofit organization One Drop established by Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberte. In 2016, One Drop donated $1.2 million to Springs Preserve as part of its overall program of global donations.
Nicky performed during the inaugural debut of Cirque du Soleil in 1992 when the show was set up in a tent in the parking lot of the Mirage Hotel and Casino. “It has been an incredible journey the past 25 years. What began as a cool, hip circus has now become an integral part of entertainment in Las Vegas. It is astonishing to me,” he said.
To write and direct the fifth annual “One Night for One Drop” is emotional for both husband and wife. His father, who is 85 years old, still performs, gives back to the community and is a big part of his grandchildren’s lives. Their adult son is serving as a marine while their 18-year-old daughter is winning awards as a gymnast and continues to compete. They also have a younger son living at home. Laetitia comes from a large family of performers and acrobats and her brother will also be performing in the show.
“Our goal is to bring the show to bring the focus on the individual performers, very much like the original performances of Cirque’s show. We are taking the audience back to a simpler time before coping with the very real problems of today. We are putting on a vintage circus, almost a ghost of circus past like the Charles Dicken’s story,” Nicky explained. Characters will represent humanity as well individual choices and changing the world for the better. There is also humor and light-hearted moments as well.
According to the Dewhursts, the venue is more intimate. “Since we perform there, we know the stage perfectly,” Laetitia added.
Guest stars for “One Night for One Drop” include two-time Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner, multi-platinum selling vocal group The Tenors and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” 11th season winner, 13-year-old singer-songwriter and renowned ukuleleist Grace VanderWaal. Additional acts include rapper Redfoo, AGT finalists Malevo and Duo Sky Angels, whose aerial routine recently won The Golden Clown, the highest honor at the 41st International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo.
“One Night for One Drop” will be performed one night only in the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino on March 3. Tickets for “One Night for One Drop” include show only tickets and tax-deductible VIP tickets, which include the after-party complete with live entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and partying poolside with Redfoo. To purchase tickets or for more info, visti onedrop.org/onenight or call 1-844-33-WATER.