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Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Production Returning in May

BRANSON, Mo. -- The famed outdoor theatre production of the Shepherd of the Hills will return for the 2014 season. The announcement was made in mid-October that 2013 would be the production's final season, but organizers have announced that the show will return for a more limited schedule for their 55th season in Branson.
BRANSON, Mo. --  The show must go on.  That's what Shepherd of the Hills owners announced today.

The outdoor theater is returning for the 2014 season.

It was announced last October that 2013 would be the production's final season-- however, the owners say they had a change of heart and are thrilled to announce the show will be back in action this May.

"We are very excited to make this announcement," says Historic Homestead Co-Owner and Marketing Director Sharenah Naugher. 

Naugher says it was heartbreaking to see the play end.

"We were surprised by the outpouring from the community and the support we received after the announcement was made last year," she says.  "And the crowds in the last two weeks we had and all the emails and letters and calls we got this winter-- so that really encouraged us to go on."

Naugher says the decision was made to close after a tough fall season.  Her father, Gary Snadon, lost his pancreatic and liver cancer battle.  She says attendance numbers had also declined.

"It was a rough time," says Naugher.  "And we felt the odds were stacked against us."

But that hopelessness turned to hope after an outpouring of support from the community.

"It was so great to see we hadn't been forgotten," says Naugher.  "And people really do still love the story."

The Shepherd of the Hills play will be back for its 55th year and will include the same cast and will be the same show-- the only difference is it will be offered only four nights a week instead of seven.

"We normally ran seven nights a week through the summer and into fall and opened early may," says Naugher.  "This year, we are opening Memorial Day and doing four nights a week and during September and October, Friday and Saturday nights."

The show, based on Harold Bell Wright's 1907 novel, has been a popular Branson attraction for over 50 years.

"There's a love story, there's a mystery, and its got a great moral message-- so it really appeals to all age groups," says Naugher.  "We are thrilled to be back"

The show will open May 23-- that's the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 7 and can be purchased here or by calling 1-800-653-6288.



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