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Cirque’s ‘One Night for One Drop’ online beginning today; plans for $1 million Springs Preserve donation

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Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” at Bellagio on Friday, March 22, 2013.

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One Night for One Drop

One Night for One Drop

One Night for One Drop/Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter

One Night for One Drop/Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter

Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular, one-night-only benefit show “One Night for One Drop” at Bellagio on Friday night is now a 90-minute Internet telecast that premieres today. For a modest $5 donation, you can watch the extravaganza at OneNight.OneDrop.org/en/ -- it will only run for the next seven days. (You also can access the show via Twitter @ http://1drop.org/Xber0D.)

The show -- with its 237 performers including Jackie Evancho, David Garibaldi, In-Q and Victoria’s Secret model Oluchi Orlandi -- was an extraordinary success. It took 1,700 Cirque volunteers to pull off the remarkable production, which was filmed using 12 cameras for the online broadcast.

Cirque also produced a behind-the-scenes sneak preview with show creator and director Krista Monson, “human mermaid” Hannah Fraser and Shannan Calcutt, the choreographer for the synchronized swimming scenes.

Before the incredible 27 performances in the three-act spectacle, Cirque officials presented a $1 million check to our Springs Preserve Foundation. Globally contaminated water kills nearly 2 million people each year, and 1 billion people lack access to water. Locally, Springs Preserve leads an aggressive, long-term water-conservation program in the Southern Nevada desert.

The Cirque million-dollar donation will allow Springs Preserve to complete the development of its new Waterworks facility, a 24,140-square-foot, multifaceted utility and exhibit building that includes 10 large water pumps, controls , monitoring and interpretive exhibits.

Visitors will enter through a 15-foot diameter concrete pipe to experience how water passes through underground pipes. The funding also will enable Springs Preserve to enhance its exhibits and education on water conversation.

The campus has 75 interactive exhibits on its 180 acres, plus, a museum, an art gallery, an amphitheater and a demonstration garden with miles of hiking trails and pathways. Last year, it attracted nearly 250,000 visitors, including more than 32,000 Clark County schoolchildren. It is located at US 95 and Valley View Boulevard, about 3 miles west from Downtown.

Jenna Morton, president of Springs Preserve Foundation, told me: “Springs Preserve is a unique venue that promotes community, an ethic of environmental responsibility and an appreciation for cultural and natural resources.

“Our partnership with One Drop allows us together to raise awareness of water quality and availability and also mobilize action for universal access to water while also generating sound habits for managing this precious resource right here in Nevada for future generations. We are truly honored by the partnership with Cirque’s One Drop Foundation.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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