OREM — A 90-minute show that features legends and cultures of Polynesian islands by the Utah Valley State College Polynesian Legacy Dance Company opens at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater tonight and runs through Friday and Saturday nights.

"Polynesia Under The Stars" begins at 8 p.m. each night. As a bonus for tonight and Friday night, patrons may come early at 7:30 p.m. and hear singers compete in the semifinal round of SCERA's 2nd Annual Celebrity! vocal competition.

The show features Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti in song and dance. Participants will wear extravagant, authentic Polynesian costumes as they demonstrate the energy and color that typifies the islands of Polynesia.

A Polynesian luau is scheduled prior to the Friday performance, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The price does not include admission to the show.

"The food will be delicious, and because we can only accommodate 500 dinners, advance reservations are strongly encouraged," said Adam Robertson, SCERA President and CEO.

"We hope this will become an annual event," said Moana Havea-Angilau, advisor and Legacy Director at UVSC's Multicultural Office. "Our goal is to expose more people to the wonderful aspects of the Polynesian Islands."

Proceeds from this event will support SCERA and will also provide student scholarships at UVSC.

Seating is festival-style on a grassy hill, so patrons may bring a blanket or rent a chair for $1. Reserved seating areas are also available.

If you go

What: "Polynesia Under the Stars"

Where: SCERA Shell Amphitheater, 699 S. State, Orem

When: 8 p.m., Aug. 23, 24, 25

Cost: $10/$8 children ($10 more for the luau)

Phone: 225-2569

Web: www.scera.org