DENVER — The MOTH Performing Circus is preparing for their performance of "The Nutcracker" at the University of Denver coming up in December. And they have extra special performers that take part in practice.
"The kids are here through our connection to Adams Camp. It's an organization that helps kids that are atypical. And we like to bring them in and teach them about being in the circus," MOTH Director Deena Marcum Selko said.
The group of special needs kids take part in practice and learn circus tricks. It's hugely popular among the kids and helps them build their confidence.
"I'm just so honored to know Deena, and we love her wonderful heart and how she's opened this experience up to Valen and other kids like her," mother Cassie Weber said. "We just think she's amazing what she does with Adams Camp and with the circus. It's beautiful."
Weber brings her 7-year-old daughter Vallyn from Estes Park to take part because of the joy and the bond created with Selko.
"What a special experience it is for many kids I don't get to do it anything remotely like this. But it's just a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and again the confidence-building is huge for this," Weber said.
And the feeling for Selko is mutual.
"This is probably more rewarding than any other work and even sometimes even more in the performance part," Selko added.
Adams Camp receives a quarter of the proceeds from MOTH's shows.