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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.

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 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.

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

11 Reviews sorted by:
Guyla Mittelstedt
Crockett, TX
8 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awesome show to see"
August, 2016 NEW
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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Martin M.
Orwell, OH
7 Reviews
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"Best show in Branson!"
February, 2015
This was the highlight of the whole trip.

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Reserve Branson Customer
Ada, OK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Oh, how I wish I could have written a good review :( I'm sorry!"
February, 2015
After seeing this outdoor drama 25 years ago, I took my family (including 7 year old son). The acting was not impressive, the story was long and drawn out, and we were all ready to go after an hour.
Tip: Plan for a 3-hour event

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SHARON SCHATZ
CHELSEA, OK
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great fun!"
February, 2015
This play was a very fun and entertaining evening! Great for the whole family!
Tip: Lots of steps to climb.

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James M
Branson West, Missouri
"I Will Lift Mine Eyes To The Hills From Whence Cometh My Help!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
It has been a little over a year since my wife and I move into the Branson area. One show we both have wanted to see and experience was at the Shepherd Of The Hills Outdoor Theater but because of my work schedule it never to come to pass until tonight. What can you say about a production that has been playing for 57 years? Wowser! The only complaint both my wife and I have to register is that the sound and mikes on certain actors was not balanced well and at times was hard to hear what they were trying to project. Some had to do with actors not enunciating their dialogue clearly. Otherwise it is a production we highly recommend for all ages.
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firetater
Walnut Hill, Florida
"Great play with a good meaning!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
This is a very good outdoor drama. Very interesting. It does help if you have read the book (Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright) The actors are friendly and you can interact with them.
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Jill R
Nebraska
"Super Summer Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2016 NEW
The super summer cruise parade is getting more disappointing each year. It keeps getting shorter with more restrictions.
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In_Oz1014
Wichita, Kansas
"A Story That Never Gets Old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2016 NEW
We first saw The Shepherd of the Hills 31 years ago on our honeymoon. The most recent return visit was the last week in August and it didn't disappoint. This visit was an introduction of a granddaughter to the history of the area. Histrically based it tells the story of a stranger who comes to the Ozark region to find himself and becomes a beloved piece of the community. This closely follows the book written by Harold Bell Wright unlike some of the Hollywood versions. Touching, funny, action filled, with the audience asked to participate in the square dance, there was enough to keep the interest and entertain this multi generational group. Stick around after the show and meet and greet the cast members. They are some of the friendliest and most talented people in the area.
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Tammy L
Bloomington, Illinois
"Shepherd of the Hills Car show 2nd week in August every year"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2016 NEW
We had a great time at the car show. Over 300 cars from all different eras were here. My father recently had his 56 Chevy restored and this was his first car show after having work done. People were so nice-Owners and participants. Parking was across the highway but there were trams to drop you off at the entrance. There was a good bit of shade which was so welcome as its August and hotter some weeks than others. They did had air conditioned areas near the food and at the other end, near the tower. Entrance admision was $12. See you next year
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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.