The Alpine School District has barred the Utah Pageant of the Arts from American Fork High School, the site of the annual event, because pageant representatives have not paid rent for last year's show.

Pageant director David Brockbank asked the school board Tuesday to allow pageant organizers to begin moving into the high school this week, despite $8,400 delinquent bill.Board members turned him down, saying that must be paid and a deal to pay rent for 1988 agreed on before the pageant can go forward.

Brockbank said the pageant is broke and has no hope of generating revenue until the event begins this summer. "We have no funds. We have to have our show to pay for anything."

The show may be in jeopardy if preparations don't begin soon, but some board members were adamant about the lockout.