As the production begins, the warm summer sun casts long shadows over Old Matt’s mill as another dry, dusty day ends. Matt’s neighbors linger at the mill having their corn ground into meal. They joke with each other to lighten the increasingly worrisome thought…many of them will lose their homes after the drought has ruined their crops and dried up all the streams.
Pavilion Theatre at The Shepherd of the Hills
5586 W. Hwy 76 Branson, MO 65616
Adult Box Office: $40
Our Adult Ticket: $35
Child Ticket: $17
Family Pass Available
Family Pass: $90
Ticket Pricing Notes:
Child Ages 4-16. Family Pass 2A & All Kids Under 16 in Household
Fascinating characters are introduced as they arrive in wagons or on horseback. You’ll be introduced to Old Matt, the pillar of the community, and his son Young Matt, the strapping hero of the tale. Beautiful Sammy Lane arrives, and the audience gets their first glimpse of the villainous Wash Gibbs and the vigilante Baldknobber gang.
During the 1800’s these rugged Ozark hills were wild and untamed. Law enforcement had a difficult time and crime was rampant. A group formed, originally to assist law-abiding citizens. Soon though the group grew so powerful they were bending the laws for their own gain. Before long, they were far worse than the criminals they originally tried to fight against. They terrorized the hills, thieves and murderers who traveled in packs and wore black hoods to protect their identity.
The mysterious Shepherd is introduced. The kind, gentle man who settled in the hills after coming to the area from Chicago. He is well respected and well spoken. He mentors those who seek him out, and teaches of God’s love and forgiveness…yet he himself has a painful secret he has never asked forgiveness for.
As the story unfolds, the audience is swept into the lives of these strong people who lived well over a century ago. There’s comedy, romance, and the age-old struggle of good against evil. In the end, there is a message of forgiveness.
Generations of families have grown up loving this experience – children who visited with a school field trip in the 1960’s or 1970’s now bring their children and grandchildren back to be a part of the fun and excitement of this live production.
Showtime is 8:30pm May thru August, 7:30pm in September and October. Jeep-drawn trams will pick you up from the parking lots and carry you down the hill – and back in time over a century. Pre-show activities begin approximately 45 minutes prior to showtime. Guests are welcome down on set to visit with the cast and our younger visitors are encouraged to take part in a gunnie sack race or visit with some of our animals up close.
During our unique intermission, guests are also encouraged onto the set to take part in a square dance with our cast and to visit with the characters. After the show the cast loves to meet with our visitors, pose for pictures and sign autographs.
The theatre is reserved seating, advance reservations are recommended.