updated 06:45 pm EDT, Fri April 13, 2012
Picks up entire tab for 5,000 people
Tweets and other posts from Apple employees and a photo (seen after the jump) have confirmed that Apple bought out two performances of Cirque Du Soleil's current touring show Totem, which is playing in San Jose. According to accounts, the company paid not just for tickets for both yesterday's and today's performances, but also picked up the tab for food and drink. Apple purchased all 2,500 tickets for yesterday and today's shows for employees and their guests.
The reason for the special event was not disclosed, according to MacRumors, and may have been associated with a product or goal milestone being achieved. Given the large number of people invited, it is also possible that the show was simply a perk offered to company employees as a "thank you" for the work they have done recently.
The company has prospered through a tough economic period to become the most valuable publicly-traded corporation in the world, largely on the back of innovation and engineering provided by the company's employees. Many have sacrificed in terms of hours and time spent with their families, though most have also benefitted from the dramatic rise in the company's stock price over the last couple of years. The show will continue in San Jose for approximately two weeks. [via MacRumors]