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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.

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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 take before show.
  • Recreates Harold Bell Wright's epic novel of the same same.
  • 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
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 .
Tip: sit up towards the top and you can see all areas

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Brandy Beasley
Many, LA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Shepherd of the Hills"
June, 2016
My husband, sons (14 and 11) and I thoroughly enjoyed this show.
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.
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
Verified Traveler
"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
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!
Tip: It is outdoor so dress accordingly.

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Elizabeth Nolen
Lecompte, LA
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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.
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
Verified Traveler
"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.
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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"MUST SEE Do NOT miss this show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2016 NEW
Whatever you do in Branson do not miss Shepherd of the Hills. Ozark history comes alive and you are able to step back in time and see what started all of Branson tourism. I recommend you read the book first...and you definitely will be hooked. Harold Belle Wright is a wonderful author. Relates to all showing how to deal with life's problems, adventure, and romance with history of Ozarks included. It is amazing to see how a book that was published 100 years ago is being portrayed today. This is located on the "strip" but will take you far away from all the hustle/bustle of Branson in a quiet, soothing, and relaxing way. Visited the tower but did not do the zipline.
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Palestine, Arkansas
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2016 NEW
I loved the storyline and the message behind it. The staff and cast were all super friendly. I recommend wearing a coat or bring a blanket if you come in the fall. Well worth the money!
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Cizur Menor, Spain
"Love the history."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2016 NEW
I agree with another review. I feel as though you should (must for a better review) try and section a group with children and a section for adults who no longer have children. My request is only because once you are without children you lose that ability to "tune out" since most parents aren't practicing respect for others trying to follow and enjoy the play. Not trying to slam anyone, I love children, but I paid for the experience and want to enjoy it. You, as management, on the other hand, can solve this easily as in designating spaces. Smart managers pay attention to suggestions as I am a business owner myself. I love the play and history.
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"Not a "must see," but good!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2016 NEW
I love outdoor amphitheaters and had fond memories of this experience from 27 years ago. With so many choices of shows in Branson, I would not rank this show among the top few.
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Blanchard, OK
"Perfect everytime!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2016 NEW
This is a late review as it was in 2011 I went. I first went as a kid in the 80s then had the chance to come back on the way to a family reunion in summer 2011. I would recommend this to anyone that has not been. It's a great show - there are one or two activies at "intermission" that include the audience. Would love to go again when I have the chance. I consider this a must see for anyone that has not been.
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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.