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 NEW
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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miller317
LaSalle Peru, IL
"Not prepared"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2019 NEW
We went to the restaurant for breakfast and pulled in to a parking lot with two cars. That should of been our first indication maybe not a good idea. The actual restaurant is beautiful on the inside with the antiques and just old times feel. There was only one server on duty and seemed to be new. I ordered hot tea to be told they were out which seems very strange. The food didn't take too long to come to the table and portion sizes were good but the eggs were just soaking with butter. It was an average breakfast and the server seemed like they were still in training and should not have been alone. We were hoping for better as we have been coming for 30 years and wanted to try something new. It was a let down and the prices were high compared to other places. It almost seems the restaurant was an after thought and that shows as it isn't even a choice listed above. They really to step it up as we will not be back after only one visit.
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Kevin M
"The Shepherd of the Hills Restaurant"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
This was a great place for the family. Food and service was awesome. Our waiter, Joe, was terrific and very friendly. Will definitely return next time in Branson.
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KristinaKJ50
Richmond, MO
"North Pole Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
The best part of this is the end, where you go to Santa's workshop to meet Santa and make crafts. The rest is just ok. There is a petting zoo, that only had a couple goats and a sheep. Once you get to the end of the path where Santa is, you have to turn around and walk back out the way you came in. There are glass boxes that line the path with animated characters in them. They look old, and dusty and some don't even work. This really need to be updated.
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rsmalowe
Marshfield, Missouri
"Annual Light Display Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
We have been to Shepherd of the hills many times to see the light display. Arrived this year to find the price is $25. After paying we were told the light display wasnt finished due to rain. They us a coupon to return again for free. We live about an hour from Branson so not sure we will come back. The display was horrible. About 1/4 of the display as in the past. Maybe worth $10 certainly not worth $25. All other attractions cost. I would not recommend to anyone. Go visit the other two displays in Branson. They are fantastic, worth your money and honest. Shame on you Sheperd of the Hills for not being honest with your guests. Very dissapointed!
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Road15924
"Carriage Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019 NEW
We booked a carriage ride for 7:30 tonight..stared getting sick last night..tried to call no answer..got on the website that was included in my confirmation..website does not exist..called this morning when they opened at 11:00.. they refused to let us reschedule..we live here in town..eat at the restaurant often and recommend this place to our friends coming into town..never again. Will not be back.
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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.