Nationally celebrated Bette Midler tribute artist headlines Garfield Center for the Arts fundraising gala

CHESTERTOWN — Nationally celebrated Bette Midler tribute artist and impersonator Jennica McCleary brings her over-the-top Hocus Pocus-themed “Winnie’s Rock Cauldron Cabaret” to the Garfield Center for the Arts for its 2024 gala featured performance on Saturday, March 9.

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McCleary plays the leading role of Winifred Sanderson in “Winnie’s Rock Cauldron Cabaret.”

She has a long and impressive career as a tribute artist, “performing with an uncanny ability to
look and sound exactly like Bette Midler,” a news release states.

McCleary was the performer chosen by Disney’s Magic Kingdom to originate the role of Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson in Disney’s “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” premiere in 2015.

She has worked with Las Vegas’ Legends in Concert and Orlando’s Pattycake Productions, and has been featured on MTV, VH1, Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade and on Freeform in both its Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Bash and Halloween Road.

“McCleary has gained national and worldwide fans of her growing body of work as Bette, but she is also a gifted actor/singer/dancer and choreographer,” the news release states.

She has a notable résumé of regional theatrical work, and has twice brought her talent to the Eastern Shore as a choreographer for productions of “The Rocky Horror Show Live” and “Once on this Island.”

A $125 gala VIP ticket includes an open bar during cocktail hour and a free, optional photo opportunity with the cast after the performance.

Show only tickets, for balcony seating only, are $50.

Limited wheelchair-accessible seating is available but must be pre-arranged with the GCA staff.

VIP doors open for cocktail hour at 7 p.m.; balcony show only doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The performance begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at

The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High St. in downtown Chestertown.

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