Houston Ballet soloist Kelly Myernick loves the holidays—even if it means she will have to do some holiday shopping. “I can’t stand it!” she says of the task. “I try to do it all before we go into the theater because otherwise I’m never going to make it.” If all else fails, she says, “I try to get people to agree to give gifts in January.” Before she can go home to Colorado and drink her favorite gingerbread lattes, she’s got Nutcracker performances through December 29. And this year marks her debut as the Sugar Plum Fairy. “I’ve been doing The Nutcracker here for seven or eight years, so I’m really excited,” she says. “What I look forward to about The Nutcracker is watching people have their first featured moment, and the way that brings everybody together.” This year it looks like it will be her time to shine.
If you were going to make a gift, what would you make?
Probably a CD, like a mix of things. I want everybody to have the new Feist CD. She’s one of my favorite singers, and I think everybody should have The Reminder.
I had someone give me really nice shampoo and conditioner one year, and I really appreciated it. Maybe it says something about me! If it was a hint, I don’t know.
I’d want someone to surprise me with a vacation to Costa Rica. That sounds pretty good.
Some fun décor for the dressing room and really comfy socks.
Received but secretly returned:
Someone gave me Jennifer Lopez perfume once as a joke, but I didn’t think it was very funny.
A gift certificate to American Apparel. They have great socks—thigh-high soccer socks that work as awesome leg warmers. They’re kind of retro-looking.
Favorite kind of food to give:
I know it sounds ridiculous, but I always feel like during The Nutcracker my teeth are going to rot out of my head because there’s so much candy in the dressing room, so I like to give hummus and veggies.
Favorite Christmas music:
It’s a toss-up between Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers. It’s so embarrassing, but I love it.
Best stocking stuffer:
“Any kind of mint chocolate candy.”