Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama in Branson, MO

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Since 1959, this incredible outdoor live-action show at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre has been a family favorite to millions of visitors. Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is an extraordinary tale by Harold Bell Wright that offers themes of love, power, hardship and life’s true meaning, featuring more than 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Caters to families with an interactive intermission allowing kids and adults alike to meet the cast, dance and come on stage.
  • This is outside, so dress accordingly.
  • Souvenir pictures taken before show.
  • Recreates Harold Bell Wright's epic novel of the same name.
  • Features more than 80 actors and 40 horses.
  • Free Wi-Fi available throughout the homestead.


from Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama
At The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre, Harold Bell Wright's epic story of love, loss, power, hardship, and the true meaning of life is immortalized. It takes over 80 actors and actresses, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, several guns and rifles, an actual burning log cabin, and a vintage 1908 DeWitt automobile to make the live action performance the legend that it is today.

Since our first season in 1959-60, the outdoor drama has entertained millions of Branson visitors. People who came to see the show as children come back to bring their own families. The cast members exhibit the loyalty and affection they have for the story itself. Several of them have been in the drama since its inception. The Shepherd of the Hills is not just another Ozarks show - it is the story of the Ozarks.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

11 Reviews
Guyla Mittelstedt
Crockett, TX
8 Reviews
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"Awesome show to see"
August, 2016
This show was awesome. From the ride on the buggy, to the show and then taking pictures,the whole show was outstanding . Thank you for a great experience .
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Tip: sit up towards the top and you can see all areas

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Brandy Beasley
Many, LA
1 Review
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"Shepherd of the Hills"
June, 2016
My husband, sons (14 and 11) and I thoroughly enjoyed this show.
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Tip: Be prepared for the heat as it is outdoors.

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Josh Litwiller
Mayfield , KY
1 Review
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"As good as it gets."
June, 2016
You really can't condense the whole book into 2 hours, but they did a great job. We enjoyed it immensely.
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Tip: Our kids ages are 7 and 10. I wouldn't recommend a lot younger.

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Evelyn Sanfratello
Hardy, AR
5 Reviews
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"Not for little children"
October, 2015
We had three yr old with us and he did not want to set and watch the show I notice that there was other young children and they were not interested in staying still that long either
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Tip: the show is not gear for children under five they tend to get restless and do not want to set still that long

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Amy Jones
Cordell, OK
3 Reviews
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"Great For The Whole Family"
October, 2015
This was a great family activity. It was clean fun entertainment. The cast and crew of the Shepherd of the Hills were very friendly, everyone had a smile!
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Tip: It is outdoor so dress accordingly.

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Elizabeth Nolen
Lecompte, LA
6 Reviews
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"This was a great experience."
July, 2015
Take in all they have to offer; the homestead tour was really interesting, inspiration tower has amazing views and the zip line was AWESOME! We enjoyed this production and encourage everyone to see it.
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Douglas S.
Indianapolis, IN
3 Reviews
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"Fav Non-Music show in Branson"
March, 2015
We came to this Outdoor Drama almost 36 years ago the first time. We have seen Shepherd of the Hills in the years since probably 12 times. We love it and love the experience each time we come. Seeing it last year without the original cast was different but the story had the same impact on us after all these years.
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Tip: Don't worry about being at the very front of the show ... the above seats are more comfortable and it allows for you spread out a little.

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Janice Abbott
Fort Worth, TX
7 Reviews
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"Enjoyed the show"
February, 2015
The story is about the Shepherd of the Ozark Mountains--the history of the Hills. I grew up not far from these Ozark Hills and remember when there wasn't much to Branson. It was great being reminded again of this rich history. Actors are local families, not Hollywood performers. Enjoyed seeing it again.
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Tip: It is outdoors--prepare for the type of weather you are in. Seats have no padding--bring your own pad, if needed

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Timonium, Maryland
"So Glad This Historic Play Is Still Operating! Please support it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 08, 2018 NEW
"The Shepherd of the Hills" play is based on the best selling book of the same name authored by Harold Bell Wright. At one time this was the second biggest selling open air play in the world, second only to The Passion Play in Arkansas. There are numerous activities and gift shops at the Shepherd of the Hills homestead including several historical buildings, primarily Old Matt's Cabin. The actors in the play are local folks who do an excellent job and many of the roles have been passed down to fellow family members over the years. I go way back to the original location set-up when we sat on actual split log benches and the show was actually stopped one night when a skunk walked through the audience seating never saw people scatter so fast in your life. It startled the actors who actually stopped the play until the skunk has passed and re-started the play from there. Now it's a nice modern arena, with much better lighting, designed specifically for the play. Did I mention they burn down a building on stage every night? Oh, and the front row seats are the best because the animals running by throw up dirt clods into your lap. Talk about realistic special effects! This is not a Broadway play, this is a Southern MIssouri play about what life was really like back in the old days and I think you'll really like it. I know I do and have and over the years I've seen the play six times! Go...enjoy!
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
"Drive Thru Xmas Light"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018
It has the most fantastic Xmas lights display. Just take your own pace in order to enjoy the displays.
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Emporia, Kansas
"Needs Updated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2018
I have been here several times for the Trail of Lights, and overall, it is the same. It needs updating desperately. Several exhibits were without power (dark) and the older booths are looking dated and worn. The show and dinner were okay, but lackluster. The food was average (didn't help that Dixie Stampede was so awesome the night there was some comparison going on), and musicians were okay, but uninspired. I love the summer play and will always support Shepherd of the Hills in the summer, but doubt I will return for Trail of Lights without some updating.
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Medford, Oregon
"Christmas on the Trail, Trail of Lights, Inspiration Tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2018
The show was OK if you want to hear the "cowboy" spoken by the entertainers every other word, The Trail of Lights was fun to cruise through for a Christmas Eve activity. It is hard to see anything from the tower after dark.
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Lonoke, United States
"Christmas lights are fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2017
We took the Trail of Lights tour and it was great. Each turn revealed a new experience. There is something for everyone.
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Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is located at THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS OLD MILL THEATRE5586 W. Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama

How long is the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama production?
The show is two hours.

Will the show be called off if it rains?
The Director of our show makes the determination when inclement weather threatens theperformance. If it becomes necessary to cancel the performance, the decision will likely be made by one hour prior show time. Guests with tickets will be able to exchange those tickets for another performance or receive a full refund.

Is the drama appropriate for young children?
Our show is very popular with families because of the action and live animals.

Are we required to walk from our car to the outdoor theater?
We have jeep-drawn trams that pick visitors up in our parking lots and run directly to the theatre so there is very little walking involved.

Is there wheelchair access at your theater?
We do have wheelchair seating. Our jeep-drawn trams are equipped with ramps and our drivers are trained to assist with loading and unloading wheelchairs.

How is the amplification in the theater? Will I be able to hear the actors?
Each of our actors wears a tiny wireless microphone and we have a state-of-the-art sound system so you should be able to clearly hear even the smallest whisper.

Will the Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show be concluded in enough time to also attend The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama?
The Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show will be let out in plenty of time prior to the start of The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama. Trams will be waiting outside the Pavilion Theatre to transport all dinner show guests who also have tickets to the drama.