a special kind of energy pulses in Best Kind Productions. it could be the vulnerability and risk the company takes in creating and producing original and/or offbeat works, it could be the energy of kids who magically – miraculously – own their spotlight even when it’s their first time to lead, or it could be the way the company empowers creativity in actors, musicians, designers and stage hands to tell the story. and the stories are something to tell!
it was the Arts & Culture Centre Barbara Barrett theatre production of a Broadway musical that brought Best Kind co-founders Kyle McDavid and Timothy Matson together. with a BA in music from Mount Allison University and an Education degree from Western University, Kyle arrived in St. John’s in 2010, where he met Timothy Matson who has a Masters in musical theatre from NYU. Timothy had just moved to the province from North Carolina, and the two CFAs pulled together a fantastic production. this was not a small thing. St. John’s has a beautiful, rich and diverse theatre community, and one year its patrons were happy to support two productions of Annie by two theatre companies not two months apart, so the rough-riding show was a bit of a tact change. it worked, and Kyle and Timothy went on to produce mainstage shows, kid musicals, a cabaret series and original works. Best Kind brings a little something different to the performing arts community.