Curtain Drops On The Shepherd of the Hills Play

The Outdoor Show Has Been In Branson Since 1960

5/8/2017 - BRANSON, Mo. – One of the most well-known and longest-running shows in Branson has announced its closing its doors.

Shepherd of the Hills, the outdoor show based on the best-selling novel of Harold Bell Wright, will not reopen for a 58th season.

"We have had families that have come and have come back and have brought children and their grandchildren,” says owner Sharena Naugher, “and we are so thankful for our fans who have supported us and loved this property.”

“It's amazing that they've shared in it with us,” she says.

Naugher’s family has owned the property since she was 15. When the show announced four-years ago it would be calling it quits, an outpouring of public support pushed the cast and crew through three more seasons on a limited basis.

Naugher just wishes they could have made it to a fourth.

"We were scheduled [to open] May 27,” she says. “We met with the banks; we asked for more time; we asked for another season, but I understand they have a job to do. Banks can't be nostalgic or sentimental.”

The cost of running an outdoor theatre, where there is no winter revenue, combined with declining demand during the summer, was too much to overcome.

Naugher says it’s been known for sometime the show was operating on a wing and a prayer, but the foreclosure note sent by the bank made reality set in.

“We very much appreciate all the love and the care and the prayers [from fans],” she says. “They go a long way."

Naugher says even if it’s not her family, she’s hopeful someone will step in and carry on the tradition and the story of the Shepherd of the Hills.

"We are very much trusting in God's plan… he's got a plan for this place."

Naugher says there has been interest regarding the property. 


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