Today is considered the 449th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. On Sunday the Nashville Shakespeare Festival presented Bardaroo! at Cumberland Park. The event, which was also part of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s year-long silver anniversary festivities, included Denice Hicks, the festival’s artistic director, staging the “Biggest Balcony Scene EVER” as Hicks and a host of others performed the scene that begins with Romeo’s first line, “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?” Also on hand were yummy free birthday cupcakes, food trucks and live music featuring such Nashville favorites as the The Mabels, Adam Burrows and artists from Foothill Entertainment. Costumes and prizes for best star-crossed couple, best dog costume, and most creative costume (adult and children) were also part of the fun. Next up: Hicks directs the 2013 Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Aug. 15 through Sept. 15. Now take a look at some great pics of Hicks (and others including Brian Webb Russell transformed once again into the birthday boy himself) shot by image-man-about-town Rick Malkin!