The Toby Show was originally performed in Branson in the late 1960’s and returned last season as a dinner show offering light-hearted comedy for the whole family.
Beginning as a traveling, vaaudeville-style show, The Toby Show is a story of good versus evil, with the main character representing a comboy, lumber jack, or farmer – depending on the region.
Loyd “Shad” Heller was the original shepherd and co-writer of the Outdoor Drama at Shepherd of the HIlls and played an instrumental part in bringin the play to life in its earliest days. In the 60’s, Shad Heller, along with his wife Mollie, were inspired by Irene Ryan from the Beverly Hillbillies to put together their own Toby Show for the community of Branson. In 1969, the Wilderness Settlement on the West 76 Country Boulevard became home to the Toby Show in Branson, along with a taffy shop, Corn Crib Theater and a blacksmith.