Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama in Branson, MO

THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS OLD MILL THEATRE5586 W. Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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Overview

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.

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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.

Description

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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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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bobthom007
West Monroe, Louisiana
"Trail of Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2017 NEW
Really wonderful experience. The Trail of Lights really took us back to "old time" Christmas memories! We enjoyed the kettle popcorn along the way too!
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partypalace
Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Loved the Christmas Lights!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Our church group took this scenic Christmas Light tour riding on the tram. The air was crisp so dress warm as this is at night. Our tram drivers were so nice and handed out blankets to those of us who needed them to wrap up in. We even stopped for hot chocolate and a little Shopping!
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Anonymous
"Christmas on the Trail"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed the mix of food, music, comedy, and patriotism. We were there on Veterans Day. They honored all the vets. It was great. The food was interesting and good. If you are a picky eater, be prepared. Everyone gets the same meal. They feed a lot of people in a short time. Our cowgirl Cassie was very quick keeping drinks filled. The music was like what I imagine old Cowboys would have sang around a campfire.
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Kevin M
Lincoln, Nebraska
"Holiday Lights Drive Thru is an Expensive JOKE!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2017 NEW
Don't fall victim to this terrible tourist trap. More than $8 per person for a ridiculous drive past old garage sale props they have thrown on the lawn. The Branson Visitors Bureau should get this shut down as it reflects very poorly preying on visitors to the area.
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Gwendolyn S
Elwood, Nebraska
"WOW get ready for Christmas"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2017 NEW
This was an exciting and enjoyable show. The food was great, the service excellent and the entertainment fantastic. Really a down to earth program and family oriented also. The trail of Christmas lights was well put together and it was quite a site to see. We had a very good time.
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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.