Qassab Teaches Emirati Dance to Tony-Nominee Joey McKneely

Qassab Teaches Emirati Dance to Tony-Nominee Joey McKneely

When a two-time Tony-nominated choreographer comes in front of The Camel Stub team, Qassab decides to teach him an Emirate dance. Meanwhile, Phil pathetically proves white people can’t dance (minus the obvious two-time  Tony-nominated choreographer). Joey is the director of West Side Story happening at the Dubai Opera from February...

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West Side Story Cast Says Shut Off Your Phones

West Side Story Cast Says Shut Off Your Phones

Qassab talks about Tinder and audience phones, and Phil tries to keep a real interview going with Jenna & Keely from West Side Story. Jenna (Maria) and Keely (Anita) are the female leads of West Side Story happening at the Dubai Opera from February 14-18, 2017. We were fortunate to...

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Tony from West Side Story Just Wants to Skydive & Eat Pancakes

Tony from West Side Story Just Wants to Skydive & Eat Pancakes

Kevin wants to skydive and eat pancakes. Yes, even an amazingly talented showman like him has normal ambitions in life. Follow Kevin: https://www.instagram.com/kyevbudd/ Kevin Jospeh Hack is Tony in West Side Story happening at the Dubai Opera from February 14-18, 2017. We were fortunate to get some time with some...

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Interview with Donald Chan – Conductor of West Side Story (Uncut)

Interview with Donald Chan – Conductor of West Side Story (Uncut)

Qassab and Phil meet the conductor of West Side Story. This is the full interview, uncut. Donald Chan is the Musical Supervisor & Conductor for West Side Story happening at the Dubai Opera from February 14-18, 2017. We were fortunate to get some time with some of the cast and...

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Review: Top 40 Week 2 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Top 40 Week 2 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Top 40 Week 2 was a relieving and satisfying reminder of how much the arts have grown and improved in the country in the last decade. So much talent and creativity was on display to (another) sold-out audience. Some years back, it would have been difficult to imagine seeing this...

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Review: Wildcards 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Wildcards 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Short+Sweet Dubai 2017 continued on Saturday, February 4th with the first Wildcards event, bringing Dubai residents something different to do for a weekend afternoon. Unlike the Top 40, the Wildcards tend to have more experimentation and more risk, making the atmosphere more supportive and communal than the competitive Top 40. But,...

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Review: Top 40 Week 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Review: Top 40 Week 1 – Short+Sweet Dubai 2017

Short+Sweet came roaring back last night to a full house, and with an overall decent evening of theatre. Braving a surprisingly blustery chill outside, the excitement and energy inside kept the audience a bit warm. (Too bad The Junction can’t serve drinks… it might have been a bit warmer.) Being...

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A Big+Salty Episode | This Week: Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

A Big+Salty Episode | This Week: Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

This is a Short+Sweet inspired episode. To tell you what’s coming up this week in the performing arts around the UAE, our 59-second rundown features the oddest “Big+Salty” and “Long+Sour” challenge. And we’ve tried to give you a better idea of what to expect at each event with some clear...

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Dissecting Cats – Where the Media & Dubai Opera Went Wrong

Dissecting Cats – Where the Media & Dubai Opera Went Wrong

Cats has just finished its run at the Dubai Opera. Emma, Qassab and I (Phil) saw it, we’ve heard other people’s opinions (both expert and pedestrian), and while it’s not all negative, there are common threads between all the reviews. There were obvious technical faults and issues (e.g. the sound levels)....

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The Camel Stub Coverage of Short+Sweet 2017

The Camel Stub Coverage of Short+Sweet 2017

An Open Note to Short+Sweet Participants (and those wondering how we will cover it) The Short+Sweet season is upon us, and that frenetic activity of the UAE’s theatre scene is palpable. The concept is fantastic for its ability to bring professionals, amateurs, and even complete newbies on stage together. In...

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