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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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.

Description

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

19 Reviews
Dan Hoffman
Morenci, MI
1 Review
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"Great Story"
September, 2018
The play really enhances the Ozark experience.
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Janie Starkey
Dumas, TX
7 Reviews
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"Such a wonderful story"
August, 2018
This is a true story set in the hills of Missouri. Beautifully told and great entertainment.
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Tip: Dress very casually since it is outdoors. Prepare for the weather.

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Janie Starkey
Dumas, TX
7 Reviews
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"Wonderful play"
August, 2018
Excellent portrayal of a true story, set in the beautiful outdoors.
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Tip: Take a jacket, just in case.

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Flora Ruth Cornish
Pocahontas, AR
5 Reviews
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"Shepherd of the Hills Drama"
August, 2018
Staff was friendly and helpful. They upgraded our seats since it wasn’t a packed house which was nice. We visited on a pleasant evening so we enjoyed the show very much.
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Tip: It’s lots of steps to climb for the bathroom or refreshments. Sitting is pretty tight so if warm weather wear very cool clothes.

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Diane Van Laar
Decatur, IA
3 Reviews
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"Great!"
August, 2018
Always a great time! Really enjoyed the show
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Sue Bocock
mount vernon, IL
1 Review
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"Awesome"
July, 2018
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Tip: Its wonderful and awesome

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John Burke
Grandview , MO
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Amazing experience"
June, 2018
Amazing Experience say experience not show because it was an experience educational entertaining and Interactive I would highly recommend it to anyone in the Bransin
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Tip: It is outdoors and the steps are steep but well worth it

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Timothy Rose
Troy, IL
1 Review
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"Best Show"
June, 2018
Awesome show, you have to see it!
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Tip: Worth the money!

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CathyT723
Little Rock, Arkansas
"Disappointing trail of lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
We’ve been going to Shepherd of The Hills for the trail of lights for the past 13 years. It’s part of our annual December trip to Branson. This year, they changed things up. I’m not opposed to change, if it’s for the better, but this was not. The drive through light display was such a disappointment. They pretty much took the CHRIST out of Christmas. Several of the religious displays were gone. They also took away all of the patriotic displays. It’s $25 a car and it took about 10 min to drive through. They did add a walking section. You pay for it as well just so you can walk around and shop (and spend more money) Apparently the zoo in Branson added a drive through light display, so that will be our new option. Won’t be back to Shepherd of the Hills.
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Valerie P
Missouri
"Very very disappointed."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
I have been going to The Shepherd of the Hills light display for over 10 years now. What a disappointment this year was. In an effort to make more money, they split the original light display into two sections. It cost $25 to go through the drive-through lights, which are now only half as big as they used to be. The other half, and in my opinion better half, cost an additional $25 to walk through. So for two people $50 seems a bit extreme. We were never told at the pay booth about the two sections. Only when we tried to walk through the lights were we told it would cost us an additional $25. No thank you! I work in Branson, and I can honestly say that I won't be sending anyone here. The $25 should include both the drive thru and the walking section. What a waste of my hard earned money. Shame on Shepherd of the Hills. When you drive past all those lights, don't be misled. They are not all included in the drive thru price.
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jamesfH6508XN
"Samson"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
Building was beautifully decorated inside and out. Lots of leg room and comfortable seats. The show Samson was awesome. Great costumes and scenes. Plenty of snack bars to handle intermission. Only thing they should change is pecans for the almonds.
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Susan R
"Thanksgiving weekend"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
What a great show for the family. Really enjoyed their version of the Christmas Carol. Very good food and great service.
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horseshoekels
Orange City, Iowa
"Disappointing Trail of Lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
Expecting to see the best drive thru light display Branson, we were extremely disappointed. It doesn't seem the drive thru display has been updated in many years , and the amount of lights was underwhelming. Other places in town to drive thru had far more lights, go to the Zoo or better yet silver dollar city if you want to be amazed. This felt nearly a joke At 25 dollars per car to go through, it was quite overpriced when all you really saw was old statues and figurines in little buildings behind plexiglass as you drove down the lane. Would not recommend.
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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.