THE STORY

Based on a short story that is taught in high school classrooms across the country, the musical Helen on 86th St. follows Vita Calista, a vibrant and unique 12-year old girl, as she learns to cope with an absent father, a single mother, a disappointing role in the school production of The Trojan Horse, and the daily pressures of being a tween growing up in New York City. It’s a story of loss, longing and acceptance, as seen through the eyes of a young girl wise beyond her years, which like the epic Greek stories it interweaves, carries a message of hope and redemption that resonates with people of all ages.

Download the full synopsis HERE. 

Read the original New Yorker short story by Wendi Kaufman HERE.

Funny, intelligent, and heartbreaking. Helen on 86th St. is the family musical that will launch a thousand smiles.
— Dallas Hudgens, writer
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Order the book, Helen on 86th St. and Other Stories here.