Coal Valley Kids Chat: Katelyn Mager (Rachel Stonelake)
WhenCallsTheHeart Episode 9: “Change of Heart”
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#Hearties – Welcome to the 9th edition of Coal Valley Kids Chat.
THANK YOU, Chris and Katelyn Mager, for sharing with us your insights and experiences (and a few pictures) on the set of “When Calls The Heart.”
And now, let’s hear from Chris and Katelyn:
Hi everyone, thanks so much for supporting the show! I am continually amazed at the outpouring of love and support the fans offer the show, but also to each other often in times of need. It has been an honor and a pleasure to have Katelyn cast in the role of Rachel Stonelake.
As a child I grew up watching television shows such as “Little House on the Prairie” with my parents & siblings and it is wonderful to have our child participate in a show that caters to the whole family. We are so proud to have our daughter associated with such an amazing show that fosters strong community and family ties. The cast and crew on set are very much like the people of Coal Valley, we come together daily to pursue a common passion for life and the betterment of each other’s lives. Katelyn has made so many incredible friendships on set with the other child actors but also with the adult actors and crew. We often spend time with Daniel & Erin on set and they are just as nice in person as they appear on camera. Both Daniel & Erin take time with the children every day on set to make them smile and laugh.
Our first day on set was like stepping back in time. For all the kids on set it has been an opportunity to participate in a true to life history lesson. Many details of life in 1910 that would not translate from a history book come to life on the set of Coal Valley. The buildings you see are not merely facades of buildings as are often the case on sets. They are actual real buildings with functioning interior spaces.
The clothing worn in the early part of the 1900’s is far from the high tech man made fabrics of today; they were often uncomfortable, ill fitting and itchy. I do know my daughter often comments how hot she is wearing her costume, and that has often been in very moderate temperatures and not the full heat of summer. It is rumored shooting for season 2 may begin in August which may pose a challenge for the actors in their efforts to stay cool. Women of that era had to wear corsets to contour their torso specifically and from comments by the women on set they are uncomfortable to wear. At least the female actors on set can loosen their corsets when not filming, a luxury not afforded women back in 1910. It makes us appreciate how fortunate we are now to have such seasonally appropriate clothing that keep us cool in the heat of summer and warm in the dead of winter.
We have had such wonderful experiences on set and want to thank you, the supporters of this show, for allowing us the pleasure of coming to work on this incredible program. We hope the show continues on for many more years!!!