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One of the artisans from Northeast China cuts blue ice with a chainsaw as work continues on the ice sculpture for the Queen Mary's annual holiday event CHILL and ÒIce KingdomÓ on the grounds with with ice skating and tubing in Long Beach, CA. November 13, 2013. About 30 artisans from Harbin in Northeast China temporarily relocated to the ship to begin building out and carving the two million pounds of ice to create the larger than life sculptures. The theme of the ice kingdom is the Nutcracker and sculptures will depict that epic holiday story book scenes and characters including the Nutcracker.(Thomas R. Cordova/Press-Telegram/Daily Breeze)
Chinese ice sculptors labor to complete the CHILL ice kingdom in Long Beach on Thursday. CHILL is returning to the Queen Mary on November 21. This year's event offers an all inclusive ticket that let's guests enjoy ice skating under the stars, ice tubing and a tour of the all new Ice Kingdom that features over 2 million pounds of sparkling ice hand carved into a California holiday adventure.
///ADDITIONAL INFO: lbr.chill.1116 - 11/13/14 - PHOTO BY JOSHUA SUDOCK, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER -
Picture made at The Queen Mary in Long Beach on Thurssday, November 13, 2014.
Steve Sheldon is an award-winning event and entertainment producer and is the co-founder and managing partner of EPIC Entertainment Group, a collective of producers, experiential marketers and creative designers focused on producing live events and immersive entertainment experiences.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Steve began his career in live entertainment, which has spanned more than two decades and includes experience in producing and operating hundreds of events, festivals, concerts, marketing activations and exhibitions that have collectively drawn more than 4 million attendees.
From co-creating and producing the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the United States and the largest Holiday-themed attraction on the West Coast, to producing and operating one of the most infamous haunted attractions in the world to developing an internationally-renowned exhibition about the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Steve has been recognized for his ability to manage large-scale multifaceted projects while delivering outstanding results.
Some of EPIC Entertainment Group’s recent productions under Steve’s direction include The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor (Long Beach, CA), Dark Horizon: Point of No Return (Orlando, FL), The Ice Adventure Park at CHILL (Long Beach, CA), Holiday By the Bay (San Diego, CA) theTaste of Downtown Series(Long Beach, CA) as well as Nerf Challenge (Los Angeles, CA) and The NightGarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Miami, FL), for which EPIC has managed all operations.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Steve has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Long Beach Alliance and is co-founder of the LGB2Network, which provides business networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ members.
Charity is an award-winning event producer, experience architect, and operator of immersive activations. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of EPIC Entertainment Group, LLC. EPIC is a collective of producers, experiential marketers, creative designers, and technical builders focused on developing, producing, and operating live events and interactive entertainment experiences.
Charity has over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry through creative direction and strategic execution. Her background spans across several mediums including film, television, theater, location-based entertainment, traveling exhibitions, music and cultural festivals, themed entertainment, seasonal haunt and holiday attractions, fashion shows, and sporting events.
She is most well-known for producing and designing some of the largest seasonal attractions in California. Her impressive entertainment portfolio includes Dark Harbor and Chill at the legendary Queen Mary, Holiday by the Bay at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront, and Frosted by the Sea at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.
Her versatility is continued with strategic operations of pop-up experiences, touring exhibitions, and cultural attractions nationwide such as The Nerf Experience, Crayola IDEAworks®, and USA Today's #1 garden in the United States, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
At the helm of one of the few shops in the country capable of creating, building, producing, and operating large-scale live event productions – Charity's passion for cutting-edge entertainment fuels her drive to stay at the forefront of immersive engagement. Stay tuned for her latest partnership with Hersheypark launching this fall.