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Old 06-14-2012, 09:30 AM   #1
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Shepherd of The Hills

Anyone been to the play this year, just wondering if it is still really good. This is the one show that my teens want to go back to, since about 7 years ago.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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I saw it this weekend for the first time in 25 years. A hotel attendant told us it was slow and boring, and we'd be better off seeing a music show. My husband and I enjoyed it very much, but there were only about 200 hundred in attendance. The script is basically the same as it was years ago, but I noticed they gave away the plot at the beginning instead of letting it be the surprise it used to be at the end, the actors use more "correct" English than mountain people slang, and there are references to Branson (I don't think it existed back then, did it?). I thought that detracted from the show. We figured these changes were because fewer people have read the book and don't know the story. It's still a good play, and we won't wait so long to see it again. There's just something about sitting in the outdoors and listening to the sounds that brings back that old "Ozark" feel that is missing in the "new" Branson.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:30 PM   #3
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We went last year after about 10 years, yes it seemed like they had cut some out made it a little shorter. Our they were trying to get done before a storm. I wish they would go back to the mountain laungage too. part of the fun is going back in time, feeling like you have stepped into the book. But maybe some said they didn't understand words like "Haints"
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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A classic. But a VERY slow show. Do not bring the kids or anyone under 90.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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I (33 yrs old) am a huge fan of the show and novel.
Haven't been for a couple years but itchin to go back. Saw that they are now being offered at 2 for 1. May have to take advantage of the discount our next visit.

Outdoor atmosphere is wonderful.

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Old 06-14-2012, 10:04 PM   #6
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We really enjoy the show. Haven't been to Branson yet this season but we saw it the past two seasons.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:16 PM   #7
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Well, I'm under 90 and I really like to go to this outdoor drama. We don't go every year but every couple or three years. My grandkids love to go also, with the live animals and all they are entertained.
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We took our 4 and 7 year olds last year and they loved it!!!! It is great!
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I went last year and enjoyed it very much. Its a great plays.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:37 AM   #10
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We had not seen the show for about 10 years, so we went a couple of weeks ago and it was great! We had two 16 year old girls with us and they even loved it. If you can impress kids that age it must be good!

I noticed a few changes, but it is still very good. Terry Sanders is wonderful as Ollie Stewart.

By all means all means give it a try.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:00 AM   #11
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we have about a half a dozen things we are considering for this summer and Shep of the Hills is right at the top of our list. waiting to see anything else of interest pops up before we go. last time we went a few years ago there was some storms back towards Joplin so they cut a bunch of the show out thinking they would come towards Branson, didn't happen but i'd like to go back and see the whole show again, cut up like it was just didn't seem the same.

anytime someone asks me.... we're taking some kids to Branson what should we do, I usually suggest SOH, figure horses, guns and fist fights should appeal to the younger crowd.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:09 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by JoseyWales2 View Post
The book is a classic, the story so good and the show was always good. However, its hard to get this next generation to go to things like that. The handwriting is on the wall with low crowds. IF you read the book the show is so much more meaninful but no one reads that anymore of the younger crowd. WE are so spoiled with fast paced instand TV type entertainment and wont stand for live performances as we used to altho thats what makes them good.
I totally agree. I have to believe that the decline in reading is a bad thing for the future.
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