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The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama in Branson

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Get tickets to see The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama - returning for its 56th consecutive season on Branson's star-lit stage. Harold Bell Wright's epic story 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 the 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 and bring their own families today. 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!

The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama in Branson Details



8:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - and on the Sunday before Memorial Day (Late May through August)

7:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - and on the Sunday before Labor Day (September to Late October)

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Hotel pick-up or drop-off is not included. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama in Branson Description

VIP Seating

The VIP section is the first 3 rows and offers more room and a counter for concessions. Those seated in the VIP section are taken directly to the set in a tram and dropped off right in front of their seats. This can be ordered for an additional Upgrade charge.

The Shepherd of the Hills History

In 1907, a novel was published that forever changed the way of life for Branson area residents. That novel, The Shepherd of the Hills, went on to become the fourth most widely read book in publishing history, selling millions of copies and attracting many people to the Ozark hills around which its story is centered.

The author of this novel, Mr. Harold Bell Wright, began coming to the Ozarks in 1898, having been instructed by his physician to find a climate more suitable for his health. Wright decided to venture southward from his home in Kansas, where he was a preacher. He happened to wander upon the homestead of John and Anna Ross, known as Old Matt and Aunt Mollie in his novel, who welcomed him and allowed him to pitch a tent on their land. The tent went up on Inspiration Point, thus named because of the awesome views of the rolling Ozarks hills that the ridge provides. Wright woke every morning to these views, and describes the scenery perfectly in The Shepherd of the Hills.

Though the setting was of great importance in the book, it was the storyline that made it an epic. The characters involved were based on real people that Wright encountered during his eight-summer camp-out on the Rosses' homestead. The Rosses' son was portrayed in the book by the character of "Young Matt." "Sammy Lane" was reportedly based on three different young ladies. There is a story behind every character in the novel, which makes Wright's work even more special to the area and its history.

Following the publication of The Shepherd of the Hills, natives began noticing a great influx of visitors wishing to see all that Wright had told of. After a few years, feeling the strain of the Ozarks' custom of treating visitors like family, the Rosses chose to sell their homestead and move to nearby Garber. The homestead was purchased by Miss Lizzie McDaniel, a feisty lady from Springfield who appreciated the story written by Wright and wished to see the homestead prosper. She relocated to Inspiration Point to welcome the visitors, living in the Ross cabin for a time before moving her parents' home down from Springfield. She even began putting on the very first dramatization of the story, right on her front lawn.

The Shepherd of the Hills has been translated into 7 different languages, and produced by Hollywood 4 times... one starring John Wayne in his first Technicolor film.

In the 1950s, Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Trimble purchased the farm. Together with their son, Mark, the Trimbles envisioned great things for the homestead, and decided to begin a nightly play based on the novel. Sadly, Dr. Trimble passed away before he could see his dreams become reality. However, his wife and son persevered and came through with what is now The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre, with the nightly drama just down the hill from the original cabin that the Rosses lived in. With the Trimbles' guidance, the homestead became a popular place for visitors to come and tour Old Matt's Cabin, peer into Little Pete's Cave, and at night, experience the legend of The Shepherd of the Hills.

In 1985, former cast member Gary Snadon and his wife Pat purchased the farm from the Trimbles. Inspiration Tower was built in 1989, on the 100th anniversary of Harold Bell Wright's first visit to the area. In 1996, the play was performed for the 5,000th time, making it the longest-running outdoor drama ever. It continues to break records with every performance. The 40th season anniversary of the outdoor drama was celebrated on September 25th, 1999, and a special show welcomed hundreds of previous cast members who came back for the occasion.

Many people have shared in making The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Outdoor Theatre what it is today: a legend. We invite you to experience the legend for yourself.

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