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Cirque du Soleil:

Fourth ‘One Night for One Drop’ heads to the Smith Center

2015 'One Night for One Drop': Blue Carpet

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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘One Night for One Drop’ blue carpet Friday, March 20, 2015, at 1 OAK in the Mirage.

2015 ‘One Night for One Drop’: Blue Carpet

Cirque du Soleil's 'One Night for One Drop' blue carpet Friday, March 20, 2015, at 1 OAK in the Mirage. Launch slideshow »

‘One Night’ Rehearsal: 3/19/15

Rehearsal for Launch slideshow »

The fourth-annual Cirque du Soleil “One Night for One Drop” spectacular has been set for next March 18. For the first time, Cirque will move the benefit show from one of its Las Vegas theaters to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Symphony Park downtown.

I’m reliably told that Cirque officials are in final-review stages of submissions from volunteer directors, and the “winner” will be selected in two weeks. Then preparations for the new fundraiser will get underway.

This year’s third event raised more than $6 million with the production at “The Beatles Love” theater in the Mirage with guest John Legend.

“We’re going to try and have everything in place, as well, for the fifth production in 2017 so that we always stay one full year ahead of ourselves,” I was told.

Members of the “Love” cast were at the Phantom Events/AXS screening Wednesday night of the filmed version of the most recent “One Night for One Drop” at Regal Cinemas in Village Square.

Its director, Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar, flew in for the screening from Monterrey, Mexico, where he is busy creating a Cirque project there.

Jerry Nadal, Cirque’s senior VP of resident shows worldwide, told me that more than 400 movie theaters nationwide screened “One Drop” on Wednesday night. The theatrical film is breathtakingly beautiful and shot sensationally.

It’s not the same heart-stopping thrill of watching it live, but the drama and extraordinary skills of Cirque’s athletes, dancers and performers is magnified and draws even more appreciation for their amazing achievements.

The artists were mic’d for the filming so that the audience had a sense of their accelerated breathing during the most dangerous of their stunts captured in the close-up zooms.

“It is really beautiful to have a permanent record now of what was a miraculous, one-night-only show,” summed up Jerry.

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