The University of Utah's administration not only endangers its own Pioneer Theatre Company by booking, first, "Cats" and then "Joseph" at Kingsbury Hall, but does so for a paltry "handful of silver." Donny Osmond's "Joseph" company will pay Kingsbury only $25,000 a week in rent. Given a median price of $45 a ticket, a seating capacity of nearly 2,000 and 51 scheduled performances, the Osmond company stands to gross some $4.5 million. Kingsbury will reap only a mere $175,000 of that. In view of the expected damage to PTC's gate receipts, surely the U. should have charged much more.

Consider also the unfortunate position of Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre. Last April, it again was granted the rights to perform "Joseph" Jan. 23 to Feb. 7, 1998. The Grand had presented sellout productions of "Joseph" in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and could be expected to stage an equally fine show again. But no one at the U. had the courtesy to inform the Grand in November that it was bringing in the Osmond show for a latter-day rematch of Goliath vs. David in January. The Grand's production was already cast when the bad news appeared in the papers.The Grand's ticket prices are in the $5 to $12 range. But who will fill the seats this time when there is the lure of the Osmond production up on the hill?

As a U. alumna, as an actress and as a loyal subscriber to both PTC and the Grand, I must protest the high-handed tactics of those in charge of Kingsbury rentals. Their shortsighted greed does great harm to older, established companies that entertain all of us at much lower prices than those charged for the expensively-hyped "Gift of Joseph."

Bonnie H. Durrance Doyle

Salt Lake City