This in from San Francisco playwright Octavio Solis (formerly a Dallas resident) about the importance of youth in theater audiences: “Thank you for articulating so well what I am feeling every time I put a new work up and young people come into the house. It really makes me feel like I am making an impact, especially when so many of them linger afterwards to meet the cast or the musicians. “ I lingered Tuesday night with two high schools students from the audience of the opening night of Ella, now playing at the Dallas Theater Center. Conveniently my seat was right behind a row of students brought by Booker T. Washington High School teacher Elly Lindsay. Alisha Hallmark and Alejandra Flores are freshmen at Booker T…they go to theater as often as they can. They started going when a teacher at Greiner, the arts magnet in Oak Cliff, took them. A guy who asked them to theater would rank high in their world, they said. “Theater is live, that’s what’s so great about it…much better than TV or movies.” Their teacher Lindsey agrees, she thinks the difference is “palpable.” Palpable enough for her to give up her Tuesday night at home to accompany 7 high school students. Teachers like Lindsay should be rewarded for their efforts. The students dancing in their seats at the end of the show surely thanked her! P.S. Lord of the Flies sold out 7 of its shows….thanks to the youths.