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Vaughan Allentuck, Neighborhood Theater Firm Founder – East Hampton Star


Vaughan Allentuck, a resident of Springs for 52 years and a founding member of the Neighborhood Theater Firm, died on Sept. 10 of superior power obstructive pulmonary illness, which she had for a few years. She was 90.

Ms. Allentuck was main casting director for all of the exhibits produced by the Neighborhood Theater Firm over its greater than 15 years. “For those who occur to be one of many a whole bunch of people that had a task in considered one of C.T.C.’s performs, it was as a result of she solid you,” her kids wrote. “She was very proud to have had a task in all the firm’s 61 productions, whether or not as casting director, actor, stage supervisor, manning the observe highlight, or working the sound or lighting.”

In her later years, Ms. Allentuck “was recognized by many because the previous girl on the porch,” her household stated. “She cherished to take a seat exterior and browse The New York Instances cowl to cowl and wave to the passers-by. For those who occurred to be strolling or driving on the mistaken aspect of the street, she was positive to let you already know.”

Born on Sept. 4, 1932, in New York Metropolis to theatrical dad and mom, Harry Bellaver and the previous Gertrude Dudley Smith, she grew up in Tappan, N.Y., and went to Tappan Grammar Faculty, “the place she earned the nicknames 4 Eyes, Buck Tooth, and Slugger,” in accordance with her kids. Afterward, she went to Manumit Faculty in Bucks County, Pa., and Nyack Excessive Faculty in Nyack, N.Y., “the place her monikers didn’t observe her.”

After commencement she adopted her theatrical bloodline to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She landed a couple of tv roles, however with the intention to pay the payments went to work as secretary and casting director for the Broadway producer Kermit Bloomgarden. It was there that she met her future husband, “Broadway” Max Allentuck.

She was billed as casting director for “The Music Man” and “Look Homeward, Angel,” but in addition labored on “The Most Comfortable Fella” and “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The pair settled on the Higher West Facet of Manhattan, the place they lived for 13 years and raised two kids, Joshua and Rachael. In 1971 the household moved to their nation home in Springs. One other son, Zachary, was born quickly after, at dwelling, “with the intention to keep away from the obstetrician on name, who had beforehand advised the ‘historical’ 40-year-old, ‘girls like try to be sterilized,’ ” her household recalled. A neighbor, Jeanne Budd, who was a registered nurse, “rushed over within the wee hours to (in her phrases) catch Zac.”

Not lengthy after her youngest baby was born, Ms. Allentuck once more felt the pull of the stage and joined fellow native thespians on the Maidstone Regional Theater Firm. This spawned the Neighborhood Theater Firm, which she began with Meg Gage, Valerie Austin, Katie Meckert, and Deede Windust. C.T.C. was the primary all-woman created and managed theater group in East Hampton.

“Vaughan put her coronary heart and soul into C.T.C.,” her household wrote. The corporate produced 4 exhibits a 12 months, together with one musical, and carried out them within the low season at Guild Corridor. C.T.C. was well-known for its fund-raising occasions April Antics, Holly Jolly Brunch, and CTC Presents a Yard Sale, which passed off on Ms. Allentuck’s garden.

Ms. Allentuck was an integral a part of all elements of manufacturing, together with set constructing and designing. Her household was “endlessly amused when attending performances to see varied articles of furnishings, rugs, and home items borrowed from the house showing onstage.” She was finest recognized for performing in lots of the firm’s productions, amongst them “Come Again, Little Sheba” (Lola Delaney), “Blithe Spirit” (Madame Arcati), and “Annie Get Your Gun,” during which she performed Chief Sitting Bull, a task that her father had originated within the unique and revival productions on Broadway.

After retirement from C.T.C., she devoted her time to doting on her grandchildren. Along with studying The Instances from cowl to cowl, she was an enthusiastic crossword puzzler and accomplished The Instances crossword puzzle every day. “Of the voluminous variety of catalogs that had been delivered to her home, there was not a single catalog that she didn’t contemplate her private duty to peruse each web page, to the purpose that her household forbade her from buying something from a catalog for vacation items.”

Within the early years of the Nice Bonac Footrace, winners had been awarded individually wrapped packages containing Ms. Allentuck’s do-it-yourself baklava. “All of us hope this was appreciated, as a result of we might by no means perceive why race originator, Howard Lebwith, would make such a request for an athletic occasion.”

Her husband, Max, died in 1995. She leaves behind a sister, Lee Bellaver of Lee, Mass., and three kids, Joshua Allentuck of Stockbridge, Mass., Rachael Allentuck of Springs, and Zac Allentuck, additionally of Springs, in addition to her daughter-in-law, Cindy Allentuck, with whom she was shut. She additionally leaves two stepchildren, Daniel Allentuck of New York Metropolis and Katharine Allentuck of Lenox, Mass., in addition to her grandchildren, Max Bambery, Katharine Sweeney Canecchio, Julia Sweeney Shank, and James Allentuck, and two great-grandchildren, David and Julia Canecchio.

“She led an extended and fulfilled life and can be missed by many,” her household wrote. As was her want, there is not going to be a public service. Donations in her title have been steered to Susan’s Lunch Drawer on the Springs Faculty (established in reminiscence of her pricey good friend Susan Bennett), the Accabonac Safety Committee, or the Springs Enchancment Society.

“Or, in the event you really feel motivated,” her household stated, “be at liberty to create a ‘Sluggish Down Hearth Rd.’ group, which might make her very comfortable, as she was additionally recognized to yell ‘SLOW DOWN’ to automobiles and vans touring too quick previous her home on the north finish of Hearth Street.”

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