“One Night for One Drop” as imagined by Cirque du Soleil is a completely original, one night only production featuring artists from each of the seven resident Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil productions. Befitting One Drop, the foundation of Cirque du Soleil creator, Guy Laliberté, it is a spectacular production involving over 400 Cirque du Soleil artists, designers and technicians as well as special guests. The creative team behind the fifth annual show includes Krista Monson, director of creation. The exclusive performance will be held in the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino on March 3.
Monson oversees the creative process bringing writers and directors Nicky and Laetitia Dewhurst’s concept and vision to life. She is up for the challenge, as writer and director for the inaugural “One Night for One Drop” in 2013. Monson was asked to write and direct the inaugural “One Night for One Drop.” Krista and her team created a spectacular production involving over 400 Cirque du Soleil artists, designers, technicians and special. She wrote and directed Allavita! for World Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy for Cirque du Soleil Special Events, 45Degrees Entertainment Group and collaborated with Prince Albert II of Monaco and Cirque Éoize for the creation of Monaco Les Amants du Rocher.
“I work with the producer, technical team, technical director and the production manager. It is really creating the vision and the soul of the show and that is what the audience will experience,” she explained. “I was inspired to be involved with this fantastic cause and great event in Las Vegas. This is working behind the scenes and working with a vision in a huge, logistical puzzle with so many people. I am helping to bring something from written pages to life.”
Monson spent over a decade with Cirque du Soleil, first as artistic director of “O”, then as casting director for Cirque du Soleil’s resident shows worldwide and most recently as conceptor and stage director for Cirque du Soleil Special Events.
A native Canadian, she directed and choreographed countless works in music theater, international special events and multi-disciplinary genres; fusing dance, music, theater and athleticism. In 2001, having achieved certain success but ready for a new challenge, she and her husband, bassist Paul Shihadeh, decided to sell their house and belongings in Canada and moved to Los Angeles.
Monson free lanced in Los Angeles as a tap and musical theater instructor, choreographed music theater and worked as a designer in corporate entertainment. Soon afterward, she received a call inviting her to meet with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. That meeting led to her to enter the astounding world of circus arts and notably the world of Cirque du Soleil.
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 information, call 1-844-33-WATER or visit onedrop.org/onenight.