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

19 Reviews
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
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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
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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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angoct14
Ozark, Missouri
"Great Historical Play and Home Stead"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
If you like history this is a must see. You take a tour of the homestead then that evening make sure and catch the Shepherd of the Hills Play. You will be engaged during the whole day and will learn all about the beginning of Branson. They also now offer other activities such as a rope course, ATV rides and you can take a ride to the top of the Inspiration Tower for great views of the area. Just this last week they had a grand opening of their new restaurant that serves some of the most delicious food in the area. I would definitely recommend taking the time to take in The Shepherd of the Hills
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Sandy R
NEWINGTON
"Best Tour Guide Ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2019 NEW
We had a wonderful and extremely informative tour by Rad. It was a wealth of information which he happily shared. It was a pleasure to hear him tell the story of the The Sheperd of the Hills. It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
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Mejohnnyb
Branson, Missouri
"Stopped by at Sammy Lanes Sweets N Treats - absolutely outstanding!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019 NEW
We had patiently waited for Sammy Lanes Sweets N Treats to open. And it was well worth the wait! Excellent Homemade ice cream (made on site) Outstanding homemade fudge (made on site). The service and people that work there were totally outstanding, very friendly, very helpful. We have since invited our church home group to meet there for treats.......everybody absolutely enjoyed. All fresh made with quality ingredients, you can not go wrong stopping there and trying some delicious treats
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987donna
Fredericktown, Missouri
"Good Play"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
the play was good as always. Hopefully they will start rebuilding the atmosphere, we were there years ago and so much to do there. It's too good of show to let it go down hill...
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Ed P
Sahuarita, Arizona
"Shepherd of the Hills Play"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 21, 2019 NEW
Great perform by the entire cast. This group brings the book to life. Interesting story line with several surprises. Based on local history and legends. Keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seats. Must see.
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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.