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.



Tripster Customer Reviews

20 Reviews
Chad Nehring
Center, TX
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great show"
October 2019
Excellent show and great cast. First time to see and wife, 11 year old and I all three loved it. Outdoor theater was incredible and staff was friendly and helpful too
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Tip: Watch weather as we had tickets for show that got cancelled but they replaced our tickets for the next available show.

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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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"Great!"
August 2018
Always a great time! Really enjoyed the show
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Sue Bocock
mount vernon, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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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KENTB551
Lansing
"An Iconic "Must Visit""
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2020
When you become aware of the history of this province and what The Shepherd of the Hills has to do with it, then it becomes natural to visit the place and see the play. If you're NOT aware, then you MUST visit and watch and learn.
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lkriles
"HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 23, 2019
If you want sm history of how this city got started, visit the Shepherd of the Hills inspirational tower. Thanks Sarah H. for giving us a quick lecture on the history of this town & SOTH....Way cool Way interesting. If ever you're new or never visited the SOTHI Tower, I recommend you go!!!
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O333JAjoyces
"Shepherd of the Hills Christmas Dinner & Play"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 23, 2019
We attended a dinner and Christmas Play (a take-off on "A Christmas Carol"), which was excellent! The meal was a turkey dinner - very good - and the play was very well done and entertaining.
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bettycoleman1967
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2019
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We brought our grandkids for the north pole adventure and they loved it. I believe the girls name was Mickenzie but she was very kind and answered all of our questions with patience. The grandkids loved the petting zoo and seeing santa.
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sandralR1666DU
Coon Rapids, United States
"Christmas Light Display and gift shop!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2019
The light display was way more than expected and drivers made the trip enjoyable and comfortable! The Gift Shop Manager Christina was very accomodating and hospitable to say the least. Thanks for the free hot chocolate also at the gift shop. A real highlight for our kick off to Christmas trip!
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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.