Bear Necessity Theatre Company is Palmer Ridge's extra-curricular drama club. We provide a place for creative expression in the form of performance. Every year, we produce 2-3 main stage productions (including a musical), a one-act play, and several improv shows. We are proud to be International Thespian Troupe 7440, and participate in the annual Colorado Thespian Conference.
Bear Necessity has gained local, statewide, and national recognition. Over the past several years, we have placed third (2009, 2013, 2017) and second (2012) at the Pikes Peak Regional One-Act competition, as well as multiple recognitions for Best Set, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. We have had students recognized at the State Thespian Conference for their performances there; we have also been nominated to perform at the American High School Theatre Festival. Our improv students were invited to perform at the 2015 TEDx Colorado Springs conference. In November 2015, Stage Directions Magazine named Bear Necessity Theatre Company the 2015 Southwest winner of the High School Honors Theatre Program. In 2016 Bear Necessity became the first theatre in Colorado to perform Starlight Express, and in 2017 they presented the world premier of Todd Wallinger's new play, A Purrfect Crime. In 2021 Mr. Belk was featured in TheatreAve.com's blog, Theatre People.
The drama club is independent from the theatre classes. We do not meet regularly, but when we do it will be in the Drama Room, B1216. There are no requirements to join, other than a desire to help.