Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama in Branson, MO

THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS OLD MILL THEATRE5586 W. Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
View on Map

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

14 Reviews
Sue Bocock
mount vernon, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
July, 2018 NEW
Showboat belle
Read More
Tip: Its wonderful and awesome

Was this review helpful? Yes

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
Read More
Tip: It is outdoors and the steps are steep but well worth it

Was this review helpful? Yes

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

Was this review helpful? Yes

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 .
Read More
Tip: sit up towards the top and you can see all areas

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Be prepared for the heat as it is outdoors.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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.
Read More
Tip: Our kids ages are 7 and 10. I wouldn't recommend a lot younger.

Was this review helpful? Yes

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
Read More
Tip: the show is not gear for children under five they tend to get restless and do not want to set still that long

Was this review helpful? Yes

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!
Read More
Tip: It is outdoor so dress accordingly.

Was this review helpful? Yes

TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
Marcene S
"Exquisitely enjoyable experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
I attended this drama over 30 years ago. I had heard that it had closed but was now back open. So I dragged a friend who goes to Silver Dollar City all the time but had never seen the shepherd drama. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Loved the friendly and accommodating staff who helped find a seat that was comfortable for me since I have knee problems. Loved the tram that took us to the seating area. Loved the actors and actresses as well as the animals involved in the drama. Enjoyed the story and the way it was portrayed. I reread the book to familiarize myself with the story. I recommend that to anyone going to the drama because it is easier to understand some of the details of the show. GO, YOU will enjoy it.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
chaplain1
clifton, tn
"Interesting story of the history"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
My wife and family went to visit the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama. It was a good time together with family. When you arrive you will be parked and ride on a tram to pick up your tickets. The drama is long it is interesting sometimes a bit boring. There is an intermission or you can go and purchase photos that were taken of you. It is the story of a man who was the shepherd of the area who's was called dad. The seating was fairly comfortable there is refreshments and a bathroom that you can walk to. I've seen it once and will probably not need to see it again but it was an interesting story some parts were very dry. The actors portrayed did good jobs
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Dana V
"ATV Adventure Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
Had a blast! Highly recommend if you like getting muddy/dirty. Great hills and trails. Johnny our tour guide was awesome. Good time and worth the money!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Catherine K
Vermont
"Local Cultural Artistic Drama"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
This was an extremely organized evening of entertainment. The actors could be heard clearly but seeing the play was difficult due to rows of tall people in front of us. Unfortunately you can only get "best available" when you purchase your tickets online. The pre-show was funny, and the intermission square dancing was quaint. The concession prices were good, but the line was long and there was only one window open. Perhaps selling things in the stands would be better? Overall, it was an enjoyable evening out in Branson and an opportunity to learn about Ozark history and culture.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Holly M
Massachusetts
"Go Go Go its fabulous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2018 NEW
You can go ATV single or with 4 people and its 1.5 hour of fun!! It cost us around $160 for the two of us. I also ziplinon the avengence 170 feet high zipliner. That was so great.....dont be afraid just do it!!!!
Read More
Star Map Pin Icon
Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is located at THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS OLD MILL THEATRE5586 W. Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
Attraction Map Pin IconAttractions Hotel Map Pin IconHotels & Lodging

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.