When you come in to the upstairs theater at Trinity Rep this year you know that “Christmas Carol is going to be new. And as the two hours of this wonderful story of one man changing his life, with the help of many others that is true.

This year’s version is a wonderful piece of work. Director Kate Bergstrom has looked at the old story and said we are doing something new. And that turns out to be something fine, something with all the passion, all the hope, and yes, all the love that this ever-remembered piece of art can present.

The theater is in the round, this time. Its stage is small, with very few pieces of property, a couple of chairs and tables. But immediately the production is different.

Trinity’s Jude Sandy lets you know that his Ebenezer Scrooge is a shouting, nasty business man. No way for day’s off, no way for anything except making money, seeing that everyone is only around to make his life work out. He’s flamboyant, driven, and nasty as can be.

His beginning is just perfect. And as this “Christmas Carol” races along the rest of the cast matches his ability to keep your eyes open, wondering how this nasty man can become loving and helpful.

The rest of the cast is filled with actors out of the Trinity Rep / Brown University program and they are all rowdy, loving and filled with the energy that this grand piece of art needs to be first-rate.

Ricardy Fabre is perfect as Bob Cratchit, the man who must pay the price of having to work for Scrooge to maintain his family.

All of this is on a magical stage that comes up from underneath and then is, suddenly, above everything, taking the play from the bottom to top.

And this year’s production is filled with music. The costumes, by Olivera Gajic, are just wonderful, gorgeous and telling at once . And Taavon Gamble’s choreography is filled with life.

And this year’s set of children is the best ever. These kids can sing and perform like pros. All of this makes a wonderful play rise again. Perhaps the only mishap is that while the musical credit is given to the work of the late Richard Cumming there’s no mention of Adrian Hall, Trinity’s founder, who first came up with having this work on the Providence stage.

But that does not lower the brilliance of this year’s show. It’s “A Christmas Carol” at it best. Don’t miss it.

“A Christmas Carol” continues at Trinity Rep through December 29th.