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Performance [86] 3-Mar-2017 (Benefit)

One night for One drop - Cirque de Soleil


"On Friday, March 3, some of the biggest names in entertainment came together to support the fifth annual One Night for One Drop imagined by Cirque du Soleil®, raising funds and awareness to benefit critical water issues worldwide. Held inside the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the star-studded event featured performances by multi-platinum selling vocal group The Tenors and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner, with additional performances by America's Got Talent (AGT) winner Grace VanderWaal, GRAMMY®-nominated rapper Redfoo from the Party Rock Crew, AGT finalist Malevo and more" (PRNewswire, March 5, 2017)

Keeping with the circus themes of many Cirque shows, “One Night” tells the story of an old ringmaster called The Traveler (portrayed by Mystère clown Brian Dewhurst), who encounters a mysterious character called The Timekeeper (Perry Ray), who takes him back in time to look at how he has lived his life and treated people around him, teaching him, an important lesson. “He realizes that he hasn’t been as kind and loving as he should have been (Pien Koopman, Cirque du Soleil Manager of Communications, told TheWrap.) “We created the old ringmaster to represent humanity and its treatment of Mother Earth” (writer/director Nicky Dewhurst to lasvegasmagazine feb 24 2017)

"...[Grace] got the opportunity to perform her song "Light the Sky" during the event ... but in a not-so-familiar getup: a harlequin clown costume."At first I was a little iffy because I was like, ‘It’s the circus, is this going to be awkward? I’m not that kind of person… is there just going to be like dancers behind me while I sing?’" Grace told Billboard backstage at rehearsals. "And then when I got here I was like, ‘This is the coolest thing ever!’ I’m so happy I did it, and I want to do this next year too." (Billboard – no date shown on the page)

"What unfolded before our eyes was one of the most thought-provoking and beautiful live performances we have seen in a very long time. Grace VanderWaal performed her touching song, “Light the Sky”. I am convinced the live performance we were privy to was the best version that will ever exist." (John Lawrence, gayvegas may1, 2017)

"Grace VanderWaal's Cirque du Soleil Performance Was Out of This World - Watch!: “It was such an honor to perform with so many amazingly talented people. Thank you for having me” Grace wrote on Twitter afterwards to the Cirque. (justjdardejr march 4 2017)


"One Night for One Drop" is an annual global philanthropic event imagined by Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group in support of One Drop, an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to safe water. (

”Cirque du Soleil is a hybrid of circus, acrobatics, and dance performance. It is a multi-level production without the menagerie of exotic animals, yet is one that captures the magnificence of the human form, agility, and creativity.” (Ghazzawi, Issam & Martinelli, Teresa & Palladini, M.. 2014)

(Chase stevens/Las Vegas Review Journal)


Grace VanderWaal - Vocals, Ukulele


View Full Performance

1. Light The Sky Version: 1
Version: 2: Seen from high up and far away

Reviews, Recaps, Behind the Scenes etc.

Type Comment Link
Performance related Video and still photos from the performance and before/after
Performance related Grace announces that she is running away with the circus
Performance related Curtain call
Recap Official recap. Grace at 0:36 (interview bit)
Recap Unofficial recap
Review (Gay Vegas) The live performance [of Light the Sky] we were privy to was the best version that will ever exist.
Review (Justjaredjr) Grace Vanderwaal's Cirque de Soleil performance was out of this world
Media, PR etc Photo series including lots of great photos of Grace
Media, PR etc Mention, but not much more of Grace here
Timeline content Grace Vanderwaal Timeline on Facebook: Performance
Timeline content Grace Vanderwaal Timeline on Facebook: Rehearsal

Times Performed

Grace has performed: 1 times at this event, 1 times at this venue, 5 times in this city, 5 times in this state, 370 times in this country