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 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 NEW
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
Showboat belle
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Tip: Its wonderful and awesome

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John Burke
Grandview , MO
3 Reviews
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"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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Joy H
"Great Show and Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
I finally got a chance to visit the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre at age 54. I travel to Branson frequently but have never had time to see this show or the park itself. The homestead tram tour we took was great and our tour guide Jacob was a hoot!! I am afraid of heights but went on the Ziprider zipline anyway!! What a blast! The outdoor theatre show was full of drama and action. Our tour guide just happened to play the bad guy in the show!! It was really, really good!!!
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Krissie L
"ATV Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
This tour was so much fun! I highly recommend it! Book early because it fills up quickly- they only have 7 ATVs. It was one of the best things we did in Branson!
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prairieb0y
Outlook, Canada
"Outdoor Entertainment"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2018 NEW
The venue is very rustic. We had a beautiful evening. The play was well acted and interesting. They have trams to bring you back up from the play which is very necessary. The seats in the lower section are updated so you don’t just sit on cement.
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Lisa H
Heyworth, Illinois
"Shepherd of the Hills outdoor theater"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2018 NEW
This is a great play! During the first half, they are developing the story. The second half is where all the action is. Fist fights, shoot outs, and they set a building on fire! I hear that sometime in the future, they will be moving this play to an indoor theater, so they can perform year round, without regard to the weather. This play was adapted from a best selling book by the same title based on a true story in the Ozarks, that was published around the turn of the 20th century. Make sure you see this at least once for enjoyment and historical context. And why not read the book too!
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jamesrudd
Old Hickory, Tennessee
"Atmosphere, Show, Shopping"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018 NEW
If you visit or live in Branson then you MUST see this outdoor show. It's about how Branson came into being.
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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.