The music and life story of Jewel is being featured in One Night for One Drop, an annual charity production by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. “The crew is just incredible,” says the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. “It’s a herculean effort these people are putting forth.”
The show takes place on March 2 at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The event benefits One Drop, a nonprofit foundation created by Cirque founder Guy Laliberte to promote access to safe water. The goals of the organization resonate deeply with Jewel, who founded her own charity Project Clean Water to follow a similar mission.
“I’ve put wells in 35 different countries since 1997,” she tells Luxury Estates International. “It’s important to help people understand how valuable water is and have some kind of connection to it. So hopefully, this will raise awareness.” Born in Alaska, Jewel grew up having to haul water out of a creek, an experience that made her appreciate its value. “I know how heavy it is,” she says.
One Night for One Drop features the best of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas performers on one stage, including dancers, acrobats and aerial artists. A central character will represent Jewel in a story based on the singer’s own real life journey — and yes, Jewel herself will also play a role. “They’re sort of calling me an ethereal guide throughout the performance,” she explains. “I’ll be singing as well and reciting poetry to help bring us from passage to passage.”
“[Vegas] is a tight-knit community that really does look out for one another.”
Jewel has been deeply involved in local philanthropic endeavors since purchasing a home in Lake Las Vegas. Over the past year, she’s volunteered her time and talent to the Nevada Ballet Theatre, St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation and the Vegas Cares benefit for the victims of the October 1, 2017 shooting.
“What you see on TV of Las Vegas is ‘Sin City,’ but I think anybody who gives it any thought knows it’s made up of people,” says Jewel “It’s a tight-knit community that really does look out for one another.”
Tickets are still available for One Night for One Drop, ranging from $125 seats to $1,500 VIP packages that include a reception and after-party. The event is a rare opportunity to experience the talents of both Jewel and Cirque du Soleil while helping One Drop, an organization that serves not only the global community, but also funds local efforts in Las Vegas. Click here to learn more.
Photo credit: Matthew Rolston, Lynda Churilla