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Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama

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Rating of 5 stars
Based on 5 reviews

Adult (13+): $43.67 
Child (4-12): $27.08 
Family Pass: $125.89 
(2 Adults & 4 Children in Household Under 17)

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Branson’s Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama shares the passionate tale of life in the Ozarks in the late 1800s, as seen through the eyes of author, Harold Bell Wright, in his epic novel of the same name.  An impressive cast of actors and animals play out the drama from the best-selling book in an authentically detailed outdoor set.  Guests enjoy a production that features everything you hope to see from a largely true-to-life story; you’ll witness gunfights, an actual burning cabin, a sweet love story, and even humor, the one thing helps us all deal with difficult situations.  

The play first took the stage in 1959, and its popularity hasn’t dimmed with the years.  And being in the production is often a family and friends affair; many of today’s actors had siblings, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and friends who held roles in years past, making Shepherd of the Hills much beloved by the community, and nearly a rite of passage for locals looking for a career in theater.  The exciting and heart-warming story of Shepherd of the Hills takes place on a stage the size of a football field, and includes a cast of approximately 90 actors, horses, mules, donkeys, and sheep.  

The novel, Shepherd of the Hills, was the second book written by Harold Bell Wright, the American author largely credited with being the first to ever sell a million copies of a book of fiction.  This particular story quickly became popular as people couldn’t seem to get enough of learning about the tough life of the mountain folk who lived in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.  The novel was made into several movie versions; the biggest was a Hollywood production in 1941 starring John Wayne in the role of young Matt.  But nothing quite compares to the experience of seeing the Shepherd of the Hills live in front of you on an outdoor stage!  Audiences feel close to the action and become completely absorbed in the lives of young Matt, Sammy Lane, Aunt Mollie, Wash Gibbs, and the other fascinating characters from the novel.

Helpful Hints/Additional Information

  • The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama can be seen at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead in Branson, Missouri.

  • The Homestead is located at 5586 West 76 Country Boulevard.

  • Parking for the show is across the street from the Homestead; Jeep-drawn trams bring guests from the parking lot to the amphitheater.

  • Pre-show activities begin 45 minutes prior to show-time.

  • Guests are welcome to visit with the cast prior to the show as time permits, and are invited to a meet & greet, including taking pictures and getting autographs, following the performance.

  • Younger visitors are encouraged to participate in a gunny sack race and visit with the animals.

  • Everyone is invited to participate in a square dance with the cast during intermission.

  • There is a gift shop and concession area available on site at the Homestead.

There are scores of incredible live shows to enjoy in Branson, but there’s only one outdoor production that’s been delighting folks for more than 50 years...experience a significant piece of Ozarks’ history at the Shepherd of the Hill Outdoor Drama!

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5 reviews

"Loved this Show!"

Rating of 5 stars  Reviewed August 20, 2019
Really enjoyed this play. I had heard of the movie but this play was so much more. The entire stage was constantly being used by the actors. It kept your attention and with the night sky and the animals, it drew you into the story-line. I liked the shuttles that took people down to the seats and brought them back to the parking. This was a great help for my wife. Thank you for an enjoyable evening from beginning to end.
Last visited in August 2019

"Very good"

Rating of 5 stars  Reviewed July 1, 2019
Really enjoyed play. Has the best tour guide. Loved the ice cream parlor. Need to be bigger for the money. Cant wait for restaurant to be finished.had a great day.
Last visited in June 2019

"Great History"

Rating of 5 stars  Reviewed March 27, 2018
Everyone should come and see this show at least once! Learning about the Ozarks has never been more fun and entertaining. Even as a local, I had a few things to learn! Go out and enjoy a beautiful star filled night, a cool breeze, and enjoy the show!
Last visited in June 2016

"LOVE Shepherd of the Hills!"

Rating of 5 stars  Reviewed March 2, 2018
I was almost a Teen when my Daddy bought my first Shepherd of the HIlls book for me. I loved the story then and love it more after I've seen the Shepherd of the Hills production EVERY time I could. If I weren't injured, I'd be there every year! The story is a GREAT one that I never grow tired of. The acting is superb with the actors being local individuals, frequently. Just LOVE this play! Please NEVER close this piece of American history!
Last visited in May 2016

"Thanks for re opening"

Rating of 5 stars  Reviewed December 2, 2015
My family has enjoyed your show for 45 yrs and has now grown to 7 families and 11 grandchildren. 25 total . We plan to attend once again in July 2016 .
Last visited in August 2013

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  Located at 5586 West 76 Country Boulevard in Branson, MO 65616

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